We need to be teaching our children how to handle disappointment.
We need to be instilling grace, humility, caring, and a reverent fear of God in our kids.
To be fair, I don’t know the family background of the Santa Fe shooter, yet. I don’t know how he was raised, and the truth is, sometimes parents can do everything exactly right, but their child still strays.
That being said, it is too easy for the world to get settled into the spirit of impressionable youth, and lead them in the exact wrong direction.
What we’re hearing now is that when he opened fire in an art class, killing 9 other students and 1 teacher, he had targets in mind.
In particular, he sought out those he “didn’t like.”
One mother is saying the 17-year old assassin targeted her daughter, Shana Fisher, because she had repeatedly turned down his advances.
Fisher's mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told the Times in a private message to the paper's Facebook page that the suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, gave her daughter "4 months of problems" before Fisher rejected him in front of classmates.
"A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn't like," she wrote to the newspaper. "Shana being the first one."
She didn’t say how she knew her daughter was shot first, or how she may have known that certain students were targeted, but it may be from reports of those students who were inside when the shooting began.
To date, law enforcement aren’t really giving out those details.
What we do know is that he was only a junior, and a student at the school.
He used a shotgun and a .38 revolver, taken from his father, in the attack. He also threw pipe bombs into some classrooms, according to witnesses.
Explosive devices were found around the school, including a pressure cooker with an explosive device inside, reminiscent of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Representative Randy Weber, who represents the Santa Fe area in Congress, gave a statement of comfort, vowing that they would work together to recover from the tragedy.
"This is the second time in eight months that we've gone through tragedy," Weber said, according to the Times.
"We will pull together," he added. "We will grieve together, we will love one another, we will work together. We did it after Harvey, still doing it after Harvey, we'll do it after this."
And at this point, it’s the best anyone can do. There aren’t going to be any answers that ease the pain of loss. It’s going to take a community drawing close and being a support to those who need a place to turn when they feel broken.