What I learned from tradgedy
Tonight I attended the community meeting regarding the student at Ahwahnee middle school, who was killed by another student. It was an open forum and people were allowed to voice their comments to the public.
When I learned how to de-breif kids in crisis, the first thing I learned, was that kids always want to know if this could happen to them or if they are safe. It turns out that this is true for adults too. I learned that, just like little kids, everyone who spoke only talked about themselves and their own experiences. Most of the comments had nothing to do with this tradegic event. Many people talked about their own experiences with bullying (Chief Dyer made it public that the fight had nothing to with bullying). Others spoke about drugs on High School campuses (again not relevant). Many crittized the district, police department, parents and the children who watched the fight. One lady read a terrible poem that wasn't even inspired by the tradgedy. Few offered condolences to the family (who was in attendance) or any helpful suggestions.
I guess the only thing I learned is that adults are just as ego driven as little kids and as one lady put it "this wouldn't have happened if they hadn't taken prayer out of school." Geez Louise what a waste of 2 1/2 hours.