It seems I am a day or two behind in the news most of the time. This evening I finally took the time to read the account of the Amish school shooting in Pennsylvania. As a teacher, each time I read of a school shooting I am rattled. Schools depend upon being able to trust the community in which they are a part of. Schools should be open for all, not locked and guarded. But incidents like this make me feel like schools are becoming the venue of choice for the deranged.
Also, I wonder why it is more “news-worthy” when it happens in an Amish school than in any other type of school. I understand the contrast is stunning: peace-loving, simple school children vs. deranged armed murderer. But aren’t school shootings always (so far) the innocents vs. the malevolent?
What do you think? How do you react to this story? Do you think it would have been as much in the news if it would have happened to any other religious sect? I’d like to here what the Mennonites, the former-Mennonites, and the never-been-Mennonites who read this blog think.