Catholic Education in the wake of tragedy

Two weeks ago I was interviewed by Channel 20, WMAY Radio, and by a reporter for the New York Times.  All of the interviews involved the tragic school violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Some reporters wanted to know how parents should approach such serious topics with their children.  Others wanted to know what safety procedures are in place and if students felt safe.

In preparation for these interviews, I spoke to each Little Flower Junior High class and asked them what they had learned about the Florida shooting and how did they feel about it.  Almost all students had heard about it and, shockingly, several had seen actual footage of the carnage on Snapchat and Instagram.  Our children are exposed to more than we know sometimes.  Reactions ranged from sadness and fear to apathy and desensitization.

Here is where the Catholic Education advantage becomes a reality.  In a society where a tragic incident like this becomes a forum for gun control debate and finger pointing, at Little Flower we are able to do something meaningful, valuable, and wonderful.  We are able to pray…for the persons whose lives were cut short that day, for their grief stricken families, for the faculty and staff of the high school and for the community of Lakeland, Florida.  Little Flower School is a family and when someone is in need of prayerful support, we are there in love and spirit doing our part to make the world a better place.  That is what Catholic Education is all about.

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