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Looking over your shoulder

February 9, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
If the news of this past week doesn't drive home the message that it could happen anywhere, I don't know what will. The number of people shot, stabbed and killed this week in absolute madness acts of violence was incredible. Schools, council chambers, work places. It didn't matter where people thought they were safe -- they weren't. When you send your kids to school you don't expect the bus driver to be drunk and run the bus over a hill. When your children are sitting in a classroom, the last think you think might happen is for their teacher to be stabbed in front of them. How do you erase that from a child's mind? I must have attended a couple hundred city council meetings in my career and only once did I feel scared for all of us sitting there because a member of the audience was irate enough to threaten council members and city officials. Nothing happened that night, but it made me sit with an eye on the door from that day on. And once an elderly man brought an old pistol into the council room but he was promptly arrested by police. Some may say if your time is up, there is nothing you can do about it. I say we find ways to make our homes, schools, playgrounds, work places and meeting places safer. Even if my time is up, at least give me a fighting chance. It could happen anywhere....


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