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Santa Fe school shooting…. no way to close Pandora’s box?

May 20, 2018

….the clack, clack, clack of his military boots hitting the polished stone floor echoed throughout the hallway as one lone bead of perspiration rolled down the right side of his face from his grease filled imitation of Steven Seagal’s hair and dripped down to glisten on the toe of his boot. His long black trench coat draped over the shotgun hanging from his neck suddenly parted as he neared the art classroom filled with students, then he raised the shotgun and fired as soon as he kicked in the door. With bodies falling and children screaming as they ducked for cover he failed to notice the school security officer as the man raised his handgun and fired at point blank range….. The dripping red video screen morphed into an all red background with the words GAME OVER and Dimitrios Pagourtzis popped another can of Red Bull and hit the replay button on his video game machine.

When I woke up Friday morning and turned the news on it was the now painfully familiar refrain of yet another school shooting. That shooting was at the Santa Fe high school located between Houston and Galveston here in Texas and it was reported that there was 10 fatalities and 10 injuries. This latest incident brings the total of school shootings this year to over 22 and the number of dead to 197. But has anything changed since the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. and the protests that occurred there and nationally as a result of those shootings?

Nothing much has changed even though some states have acted unilaterally and tightened their background checks, a couple national retail outlets have changed the rules for buying guns at their stores and some companies have severed their association with the NRA, but seriously after all the protests and marches both locally and nationally by tens of thousands of children and adults it comes down to nothing really changing and you know why?

Journey with me back to the 50’s and 60’s with me and let us look at another school kid just like the one who just shot up the Santa Fe school. He is a basic outcast shunned by most in school made fun of by the girls and some of the guys and feels he just doesn’t fit in. He gets more and more depressed and after he has a fight at school where he was badly beaten he resolves to kill himself… of course he fails at that but is taken to the hospital where his depression is diagnosed and he ends up being treated for his problem.

In 2018 we have Dimitrios Pagourtzis who may have been ridiculed because of his name and no doubt did not fit in at school so he spends hours playing video games where he is desensitized to the extent that he eventually doesn’t understand the difference between killing someone in a video game and in real life. So instead of Dimitrios getting into fights with people he perceives are treating him badly he steals his fathers handgun and shotgun, dresses in his long black trench coat like someone out of a video game and heads to school to make things right.

I offer no solutions here
just a restating of the obvious
that if we had regulated violent video games
back when they first became part of our culture
the children of today
might just value another’s life more than
1,000 points in a video game

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. geneboulton permalink
    May 21, 2018 8:05 pm

    My wife is a retired elementary school principal in TX. There is a state approved program for arming school staff in TX, but each individual district school board has to approve it. She was unable to convince the superintendent to bring it to the board in her district. The population at large may not know about this. Qualified school staff can be empowered to protect themselves and their students. Before this can happen, the public must demand it from their school boards.

    N5PKZ Gene

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  2. Del Hoskins permalink
    May 22, 2018 9:03 am

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