Our blogs haven’t been regular since the shootings at Aztec High School. Like most of the community, we are still trying to come to some terms with the aftermath of the tragedy, and the several tragic school shootings since. And like many, we are emotionally tired. We’ve been spending more time just being quiet.
Kirk Siegler, a reporter from National Public Radio, spent several days in Aztec last week for a follow up on how the community is doing 3 months after the shooting at Aztec High. I had the pleasure of meeting with Kirk, sharing contacts, and hearing what he has learned about the continuing impact on our students and community. You can listen to his report on Morning Edition for March 12, and again on All Things Considered
We’re fortunate that Kirk and NPR committed to a following up on our community, because how we, and other communities recovering from tragedy, move forward (or don’t) is very important.
What is for sure is that we will never be the same. Every student is changed. So are all staff at the high school, the families of our 3 dead youth, and our community. This is a defining moment, and we have an opportunity, as individuals and collectively, to determine who and how we will be going forward. Courage and love are required. Our hearts and minds have been tempered by a collective tragedy, and together we can reach for a kinder more compassionate future.