Flags are flying at half staff in Connecticut today, not that anybody in that state needs reminding of the horrific event that once again stunned our nation with its raw savagery.
Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12/14/12
We expect to occasionally hear the unfortunate news that a first responder is suddenly cut down in the line of duty. However, all first responders know death is in their job description.
It takes an extraordinary event like the Worcester fire tragedy or 9/11 to grab us by the throat so we suddenly pay attention again.
Teachers on the other, are not expected to die in the routine performance of their daily duty. Columbine changed that. Sandy Hook moved the bar a little higher.
And since not much has changed, the next one will be even more unspeakable.
Shouldn't they call this "Shelter in Place"?