December 15, 2012
LOS ANGELES – In the recent events of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, parents in Torrance, CA had honored the kids and teachers who served the Newton elementary school in the wakening of the Friday’s events. A small gathering was held at Jessica Holdings’ home, who’s a Catholic School Teacher at Loyola High School in the Koreatown district.
“This is a time to think about our young children and their future. On Friday what happen was a tragedy that killed 26 people including 20 children whose lives fell short,” Said Holdings. “My prayers go to all of the family who lost the young kids in that tragedy. This is not acceptable. We cannot afford to let something like this happen in our schools.”
Parents, including friends and family members of Holdings, all created cards and candles in order to give their prayers. A recent Torrance parent, who wishes not be identified, then stated, “It’s time that we as parents and teachers come together and think about the safety of our children. It’s hard to believe that a young man steps in and opens fire for no reason.”
In the Sandy Hook event, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza was identified as the suspect that involved his mother and 25 other bystanders in the incident. However, there’s a pending investigation with the Connecticut authorities with the reasoning behind the shootings. President Obama later gave a statement giving sorrow and grieving for the families who lost their children in the shooting.
Holdings, a mother of two children, had skipped out on a school related activity to be with her family in order to be with her family.
James Greer, a security officer at Holdings’ school, always felt safe about security the Loyola School. “I always have to keep out on the look out. The school has been known to be in a neighborhood where crime is high, we work LAPD in order to keep our school safe for their own sake.”
Till this day, no one really knows what the motives were and a lot of questions still fly up in the air about Lanza’s problems.
One school principal from Johns Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, another who didn’t want to be identified and attended Holdings’ gather, later stated, “ We want to assure our children that they’re in a safe environment. It’s a tragedy that happened over the course of time. It’s our a job to help them forget about what happened on Friday.”
Greer then stated, “I won’t be surprised if the gun issue comes up. It’s already going to be a stir everywhere.”
It’s not the first time that happened in American history. The recent Columbine shooting in Colorado had stirred controversy and problems about the use of weapons when weapons were set foot on campus in the wrong hands. The other incidents in 2012, the Aurora shooting at a movie theater in the opening of the Dark Knight Rises and the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin has stirred buzz about people’s control in purchasing weapons. In 2007, the Virginia Tech campus was struck with tragedy, when the shooter had took the lives of 33 students.
Holdings’ then stated, “Guns have been a problem in this country. Our representatives and our government have done nothing to stop the violence in our schools.” She then stated that she opposed the NRA’s interest to protect their government right to a weapon. “NRA doesn’t think clearly and doesn’t take this tragedy in consideration. It’s our right to protect the safety of our children and think about what happened on Friday. This is not acceptable.” Parents at the Torrance were expecting that gun debate will be revived in the coming weeks.