‘Loaded gun’ …
A couple of weeks ago an Re-1 school board member made the absurd statement that each question from a reporter is “a loaded gun that is aimed at our schools and our kids.”
The remark bothered me in its absurdity, but it was also unsettling on other levels. I really wasn’t sure why it was so unsettling until April 20 came and went.
Seven years ago on April 20 is one of the darkest days in school history. That’s when loaded guns led to an unimaginable tragedy. Thirteen people died ” 12 students and one teacher ” at Columbine High School in Littleton.
When school board president Mike Bair made the statement about questions from a reporter, maybe he should have thought about April 20, 1999, when people died. Maybe in the future, he will think twice before using a reference about a loaded gun.
The recent head-butting between the Post independent and the Re-1 school board and other officials takes on an entirely different perspective when I think about April 20, 1999.
Looking back on all the rhetoric about superintendents, executive sessions and questions from the media to Re-1, I realized that maybe I should step back and look at it for its absurdity as well.
All we have to do is remember the day when two deranged students shot and killed 13 people at Columbine High School to see how absurd Bair’s statement was, and how ridiculous the petty little conflict between a newspaper and a school district is.
April 20, 1999, is one of those unfortunate days that will always help me put life into its proper perspective.
” Dale Shrull
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