Saturday, December 15, 2012


I watched for hours and hours and hours through Friday all this heartache from a one-shooter slaughter of small children and others in Newtown, Connecticut. It's quickly too much. The fact that the childrens' torn and dead bodies were being left in the school all night was already too much to bear. It's evident while men are storming the grounds in heavy artillery, which is also way too much, the women are a standout during this tragedy — including even the women in the media. I was struck by this teacher, who survived the shooting, and her actions with children that she had hustled into a bathroom and just waited. Imagine imagine just imagine this. When she came to the moment in her story that she looked at the children and realized someone had to tell them they were loved. . .she had me in the palm of her hand.


Conrad DiDiodato said...

Kaitlin's is the face, the person, the name I want to remember whenever I think back on this horrible tragedy...

I thank Kaitlin for giving back to teachers/teaching profession the dignity it's been losing over the past few years.

I applaud CNN for refusing to name/show/ glorify the evil son of a bitch who did this. I spit on him, his parents and an American gun-culture that are to blame (again)

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Teacher to teacher, Conrad, thank you.
all's well, Bob

Anonymous said...

Most moving for me is Kaitlin Roig's narrative of what happened; especially her description of no longer being worried about transgressing teacher-student boundaries, because she thought they would all probably die, so she told them all that she loved them, that she wanted the sounds of those words to be the last sounds that they would hear instead of the gunfire.
Sawyer then commented on how beautiful it is that she cared so much for her students, that most teachers do, and Roig simply says: "How could you not?" That is the question before all of us now: how could a young man massacre children, his own mother; and isn't loving also wanting to protect the vulnerable; and how could we not, ie, how now could we continue to fail to bring about the necessary restrictions on the use of firearms; how could we put love into action, which is what Muriel Rukeyser, the poet, asked long ago . . . Thanks, Bob. With love, Donna

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Muriel,Kaitlin, you Donna, all in good stead.These are questions that have been asked for generations, and still we maul forward. It just might take these 20 slaughtered children, their teachers, a mother, and a young man from the town where he killed, to force some break through. Children have died like this all over the world, let's not forget. And it may be the tiny in us that brings out the big.

Hang in there, Bob