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Hurting Hearts for Sandy Hook Elementary School

14 Dec

It feels like just yesterday I was sitting at my computer trying to find words to honour the lives of those who were killed in the mass shootings in Colorado and the Toronto Eaton Centre. My last blog post was entitled Senseless Violence. Today, the word senseless does not even begin to describe what happened in Newtown, Connecticut.

I was at the computer doing some work when I opened Twitter on my phone. The cryptic tweets led me to quickly look at the trending topics. All the while, I was hoping that there was some kind of mistake. Needless to say, that was not the case.

As I am sitting here writing, I cannot find words. Hurting hearts is all that comes to mind. Today the world mourns the lost lives of innocent children, who had their entire lives ahead of them, and educators who dedicated their lives to these children.

There are so many emotions I am experiencing as a teacher’s college graduate and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. There are so many more emotions that I am feeling as a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, and as a friend. My heart aches for everyone who has been affected by today’s tragedy.

This is a short blog post simply because I have no more words. I truly send out my thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of all of the victims and hope that you can find some peace in the coming weeks and months.




Senseless Violence

20 Jul

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post today. Just a few days ago I blogged about living in the moment after the recent shooting in Scarborough, Ontario.

This morning I woke up to my Twitter timeline being flooded with trending topics such as theatre shooting, Batman, Colorado, Denver, Eaton Centre, and James Holmes. Before even opening the BBC website to read the full story, I had already pieced together the events of the terrible tragedy.

The news of the shooting in Colorado left me feeling cold and my stomach has been in knots ever since reading several stories and watching CNN over the past hour.

Senseless killings and innocent victims.

One of the many things that disturbs me a lot and literally made me cold when I read about it was the story of Jessica Ghawi, known as Jessica Redfield on Twitter. An aspiring sports journalist who escaped the Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto blogged about her experience and how precious life is. I was devastated to read that Ghawi was one of the victims of the theatre shooting last night. I couldn’t believe what I was reading and still have a hard time processing it all.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy, as well as all of the other shootings that have taken place recently.