A tragedy occurred yesterday at a high school in La Loche,Saskatchewan, in a Dene community. It could have easily been my community, I know people in the community. It surprised me when I mentioned it to someone and they didn’t respond the way I thought they would. As though I said something ordinary. Perhaps, it was a misunderstanding of the events but a shooting in a community should always raise an emotion of some sort.
We must not be complacent or think that this is an ordinary event. It is shocking, it is tragic, and we should not accept this as normal. What happens when a Society does not react to the killing of innocent students and teachers at a school? This is one place they should be secure and safe after all.
School shootings is a worst kind rebellion. Who knows what goes on in the mind of a shooter? It It distresses me to know that yesterday, loved ones, didn’t come home and will never be coming home. Yesterday, young lives were cut short.It is clear that the students, teachers, and the community’s lives will forever be altered by the incident.
Breaks my heart.
Incidents such as this underscore how life can change in an instant.
Take those moments you have with your family and friends to be present. Listen to their stories. Tell them you love
them and hug them that one second longer before you let them go. However, I do know the Dene people of La Loche will come together in
ceremony, to begin the process of healing. I am extending my condolences and prayers to
the families and the community of La Loche, Saskatchewan.
|Drayden Fontaine, Student|
|Dayne Fontaine, Student|