Tuesday, February 14, 2023

"How Many More?"

I don't think I feel normal... I feel kind of numb... sad... strange...

I heard on the news that there have been 67 mass shootings in the U.S. (where else?!) just since the start of 2023--a mere 45 days ago. I don't know what it'll take to disrupt this awful pattern.

Haven't slept in the last 24 hours (like not even my usual 4-5 hours) but didn't want to cancel classes because I had canceled classes just last week after the active shooter hoax at Nu's school. I ended up taking (having to take) Nu to work with me because their school was canceled. 

Classes were a bit somber because so many students had high school friends or cousins who go to MSU, but we made it through with the help of V-Day candy I'd stocked up on--in both classes students brought me candy too... that made me smile. Also, making me smile (quizzically), students framing their thoughts with "I was listening to the police scanner yesterday and..." Is this something people do now?

Attended an online prayer-vigil meeting for the students who were shot this evening. May make it to the anti-gun-violence rally at the capitol tomorrow. 

Pic: MSU spirit rock with the message "How Many More?" Photo by Colin Jackson, NPR reporter.

7 comments:

Nicole MacPherson said...

67??? 67??? I am so sad and angry for you and everyone else in the US.

Gillian said...

Too many.

NGS said...

Hugs. So much sadness every day.

Sarah said...

It’s so scary, Maya.

maya said...

Nicole--this definitely seems like a dumb thing to keep doing over and over.
Agree, Gillian and NGS--thank you.

StephLove said...

I'm sorry everything is so raw right now. I'm glad you were there for your students and them for you.

maya said...

Thank you, StephLove. It's the small kindnesses that keep us going, right?

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