Our responsibility for the men and women of tomorrow
Letters to the Editor
As our country reels in the aftermath of yet another school shooting, this time in
Texas, take a moment and ask yourselves: “Could this have been my child?” Are you
filled with a sense of anger or guilt? Now, what if I said I was referring to the
one who victimized everyone. Tell me, what raw emotions does that stir in you?
Do not get me wrong. I am not condoning the shooter’s action. But unless we ask ourselves
why anyone would commit such a heinous crime, we are not going to be able to tackle
the problem. Every killer was a child at one time, so why does he or she choose the
path of evil? Could we as caregivers do a better job? Could we teach our children
to be more sensitive to the needs of others? Could we take a harder look at bullying
As a pediatrician, I feel a sense of sadness when my patients are bullied or teased
but equally so, when I hear that one of my patients was the bully. I deem myself as
having failed them both. My responsibility and yours, too, is to ingrain in our children,
at a young impressionable age, that violence is not the way to resolve a problem.
To ingrain in them that inner beauty is not determined by ethnicity, gender, race,
religion or sexual preference. True success is measured by what kind of a human being
they are, rather than the material success they achieve.
Please take a moment and reflect on this, for unless we do, we will never move on.
This is not about being a Democrat, Independent or Republican, nor is this about the
National Rifle Association. This is about our precious children. We as caregivers
have been bestowed with the highest responsibility — the responsibility of raising
the men and women of tomorrow. Let us serve them well.