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This afternoon an unimaginable horror began to unfold. As I walked past the break room, I saw the devastating news that there was an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland. This high school is less than 30 minutes from our house and closer to my work. Moreover, many of the kids we know through hockey attend this school.
Immediately, my stomach sank as I thought of the parents whose children attend this school. While I was at work watching the events unfold, their worst nightmare was unfolding. It seems that the accused shooter made many suspicious statements and his Instagram was clearly unhinged. In fact, the PBSO bomb squad is at a home in Lantana as a consequence of today’s events. He deserves to meet a slow and torturous fate.
By 4:30 videos had started to emerge via social media of the day’s events. When I tell you that they are beyond horrific, I would be lying because they’re much worse than that. Unfortunately, these are videos we can’t un-see. Experiences for these students they can’t ever forget.
I don’t have the answers that’s for damn sure, but tonight isn’t about answers. Tonight’s blog is about the families whose world was shattered today. The parents who spent their afternoon painfully awaiting the word their child was safe. Their anguish, their anxiety had to be unimaginable. Tonight we pray for these families. We pray for our extended hockey family as many of hockey players attend school there. We hold close in prayer the hockey player that was shot during today’s events. Moreover, we pray for those presently in the hospital and for their doctors. Finally, our prayers go out to the families who are still looking for their loved one and to those that lost a child today.
Today’s events hit far too close for many of us in South Florida. Undoubtedly, I’ll be holding my kids doubling tight tonight. If you live in South Florida and have O negative blood, please consider donating blood as it is in short supply. If you’re older than 16 and more than 110 lbs, you can set up a donation appointment here.
Tonight’s song performed by Disturbed is “Sound of Silence.” It’s is a haunting and beautiful song. This song is the perfect to listen to as you stop and reflect on life.