Tears In Heaven

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, April 16, 2007

ELEVEN YEARS



2/2/1996
Moses Lake Washington
2 students & a teacher killed by 14-year old

2/19/1997
Bethel, Alaska
1 student and the principal killed, 2 wounded by a 15-year old

10/1/1997
Pearl, Mississippi
2 students killed & 7 wounded by a 15-year old

12/1/1997
West Paducah, Kentucky
3 students killed & 5 woundedby a 14-year old

12/15/1007
Stamps, Arkansas
2 students wounded

3/24/1998
Jonesboro, Arkansas
4 students & 1 teacher killed, 10 others wounded by a 13 and an 11-year old

4/24/2998
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
1 teacher killed, 2 students wounded by a 14-year old

5/19/1998
Fayetteville, Tennessee
1 student killed by an 18-year old

5/21/1998
2 students killed, 22 wounded by a 15-year old

6/15/1998
Richmond, Virginia
1 teacher & 1 guidance counselor wounded by a 14-year old

4/20/1999
12 students & 1 teacher killed, 23 wounded by a 17 & an 18-year old

4/28/1999
Taber, Alberta, Canada
1 student killed, 1 wounded by a 14-year old

5/20, 199
Conyers, Georgia
6 students wounded by a 15-year old

11/19/1999
Deming, New Mexico
1 student killed by a 12-year old

12/6/1999
4 students wounded by a 13-year old

12/7/1999
3 students & a teacher wounded by a 17-year old

2/29/2000
Mount Morris Township, Michigan
1 student killed by a 6-year old

3/10/2000
Savannah, Georgia
2 students killed by a 19-year old

5/26/2000
Lake Worth, Florida
1 teacher killed by a 13-year old

9/26/2000
New Orleans, Louisiana
2 students wounded with the same gun during a fight

1/17/2001
1 student killed

5/5/2001
Santee, California
2 students killed and 13 wounded by a 15-year old

5/7/2001
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
1 student wounded by a 14-year old

3/22/2001
Granite hills, California
3 students & 1 teacher wounded by an 18-year old

3/30/2001
Gary, Indiana
1 student killed by a 17-year old

1/15/2002
New York, New York
2 students wounded by a classmate

4/14/2003
New Orleans, Louisiana
1 student killed, 3 wounded by 4 teenagers

4/24/2003
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
Principal killed by a 14-year old

9/24/2003
Cold Spring, Minnesota
2 students killed by a 15-year old

3/21/2005
Red Lake, Minnesota
5 students, 1 teacher and a security guard killed by a 16-year old

11/8/2005
Jacksboro, Tennessee
Assistant principal killed and 2 administrators wounded by a 15-year old

8/24/2006
Essex, Vermont
1 teacher killed and 1 wounded by a 27-year old man

9/14/2006
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1 student killed & more than a dozen students and faculty wounded by a 25-year old

9/26/2006
Bailey, Colorado
1 student killed by an adult male

9/29/2006
Cazenovia, Wisconsin
Principal killed by a 15-year old

10/3/2006
Nickle Mines, Pennsylvania
5 students killed and 5 wounded by a 32-year old man

1/3/2007
Tacoma, Washington
1 student killed by an 18-year old

4/16/2007
Blacksburg, Virginia
32 killed by unidentified gunman

This was a quick search last night. It only includes the North American continent. We did the math for you, 95 people killed and 133 wounded in just these incidents which occurred on school grounds.

We did not include the assailants in those numbers if they were also killed or wounded in the incidents.

We were going to list names of those killed, but it is very difficult to find those names.

Unfortunately, we could have listed the names of just about every murderer, but we would not give them the time it would take to type their names.

It would have been easy to find many more incidents. These were just the tip of the iceberg as they say.

WTF is going on? 22 of the criminals were under 16 when they decided to destroy the lives of the families they attacked.

Mothers, fathers, sister, brothers, aunt, uncles, cousins, grandparents, sons, daughters and wives all must live the rest of their lives without their loved ones.

As our friend Anndi pointed out, in addition, please remember the emergency responders who had to deal with these tragedies and, in many cases, are also scared for life.

We saw an interview with the sheriff from the incident in Nickel Mines, PA, who described how he would never forget the scene; the young girls who were killed on the floor below a sign with a "smiley face" poster that said "Welcome."

Stop today and say a small prayer for those who have suffered yesterday at Virginia Tech.

Something must be done about the gun laws in our country.


CREDITS:

TEARS IN HEAVEN
Eric Clapton
Composers: Eric Clapton & Will Jennings



21 Of Your Sparks

  1. Anndi Says:
  2. First responders and medical staff do their job, but all too often are forgotten once the grieving process begins.

    My thoughts are with them and their families as well in the aftermath of such tragedies.

    I send courage to those who are reliving previous tragedies everytime such a tragic event occurs.

    May we all feel concerned and grieve for the tremendous loss.

     
  3. TopChamp Says:
  4. shocking news - I feel for the families.. and the other students and teachers... terrible.

     
  5. Mags Says:
  6. I think something also needs to be done about the lack of respect for others we seem to be teaching our children...

     
  7. I would agree that we seem to be teaching our children lack of respect: for others, for authority, for self. It pains me to think that my children are so sensitive to the needs of others that they might be taken advantage of, but I am such a strong believer in teaching love and mutual respect so that kindness can be "infectious."

    (I'm paraphrasing here) "The streets of heaven are lined with too many angels tonight."

     
  8. Dixiechick Says:
  9. I have a Peace Candle posted. May the grace and peace of gods love be with everyone.

     
  10. Twyla Says:
  11. It's so horrible. And it's a tragedy that students have to be afraid for their lives, when they go to school. It should be one of the safest places for them. You just never know what some crazed lunatic is going to do.

     
  12. Tug Says:
  13. As always, well done Bond. Well done.

     
  14. Tug Says:
  15. 4/20/1999
    12 students & 1 teacher killed, 23 wounded by a 17 & an 18-year old
    Columbine? Was it '99 or 2000? Geez, & I live here.

     
  16. the108 Says:
  17. What an unbelievable tragedy. I felt so awful for the sherrif when a reporter told him that he looked unaffected. To me, he looked like he had been exhausted and horrified and just couldn't take much more after what he had been dealing with.

    I'm angry with the pro-gun citizens who are claiming that this wouldn't have happened if the students were allowed to carry concealed weapons.

    Something has got to change in our country.

     
  18. Piacere Says:
  19. Thank you, V...this is much appreciated.

    Hugs,
    Pia

     
  20. Angell Says:
  21. I am thoroughly disgusted with the state of the world today. And then some people wonder why I am so reluctant to bring a child into this world.

    Thank you for the reminder Bond (and to Ann as well).

    What is this world coming to?

     
  22. Dixiechick Says:
  23. Columbine was 1999... I remember it oh so well.

     
  24. Starrlight Says:
  25. It was 99 Tug. The 8 year anniversary is this Friday.

    I totally agree with you on the gun laws. While I do think we *should* have the right to own then, I am beginning to think that as a country we are somehow not responsible enough.

     
  26. Sanni Says:
  27. It´s so tragic. I´ll keep all of them in my thoughts and prayers.

     
  28. BeckEye Says:
  29. This is such a horrible tragedy.

    Your statement about not finding the victims' names but that the assailants names were readily available is all too true. Disgusting, really. There was a Verve Pipe song called "Villains" that put it well - "Another villain on the cover of every major magazine/The victim's somewhere in between."

     
  30. Rocky Says:
  31. You mention, "Something must be done about the gun laws in our country."

    I agree. Almost all of the locations where these murders took place were "gun-free" zones, in other words, areas where the victims had been disarmed by gun-control laws and rules.

    Murderers do NOT obey laws. How many of these lost lives might have been saved if the teachers had been armed and trained?

    When will we wise up and stop providing disarmed victims for criminals and mad killers?

     
  32. Travis Says:
  33. But when will we DO something?

    Whether it's creating stronger gun control laws or teaching our children respect and decency or behaving with kindness ourselves, when will we as a society actually DO it?

    I get tired of the idea of a "dialog". Let's quit wringing our hands and DO something.

     
  34. Bond Says:
  35. I am only responding to two comments today.. the rest of your comments stand on their own

    ROCKY: That is CRAP.. yes something must be done, but not arming everyone... your views are despicable in my mind. So, every teacher gets a a gun and can shoot away? That is your solution? Sorry... but that does not fly. And I disagree that these are gun-free zones. Most of these places are where people own and can buy guns without much oversight at all.

    TRAVIS: Our congress has had the opportunity with the Brady gun Law and watered it down to nothing. We need to start looking at their records on gun control and fighting against the NRA's strong lobby..

     
  36. Dana Says:
  37. My father is a teacher. He believes that discipline starts at home. He asks, "How can I teach the kids if I have to discipline them?" So much of the focus is taken off of teaching and just on keeping the kids in line.

    Also, there was a shooting in Blackville, SC, sometime when I was pregnant with Bethany so it would have been in 1995. I remember it because he killed one female teacher and wounded a male, and the male had been a teacher I had had.

     
  38. Mimi Lenox Says:
  39. Don't arm the teachers,
    disarm the idiots.

     
  40. Coco Says:
  41. I bowed my head to keep the tears from flowing as I read this post, Vinny. As an educator, I feel an incredibly deep sorrow over these events. I work with at-risk teens such as those who committed these heinous crimes. I have had crisis training, "just in case". First thing every morning, I enter a classroom populated by 26 grade ten students. I refuse to teach in an environment that is governed by fear or intimidation. There have been "situations" in the past, but they are neither an influence on my teaching style nor on my expectations of my students. Nevertheless, it is a fact that every day, there is the possibility of unpleasantness. Despite our most strenuous efforts, incidents of bullying and harrassment are on the rise in our schools and communities. It all adds up to an explosive environment. You know my views on gun laws, Vinny. We have had that discussion. Guns are a part of the problem, not the solution. Schools are supposed to be a safe place for our children. Adding more security and weaponry will not solve the problem that faces us. The home, the community and the schools are equally impacted by this tragic situation. It is not an insular problem any more. Everyone has to get involved. There is no room for apathy.

    Sorry, you know it's my own personal soapbox, and I bet you're surprised that I didn't comment sooner or longer ...

     

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