Friday, December 14, 2012

~*~ And The Angels Cried ~*~

              ~*~*~*~  AND THE ANGELS CRIED . . .   ~*~*~*~

AMERICA, WAKE UP!!!!!!!  STOP SACRIFICING OUR INNOCENTS!!!!!!!  We need to return to a country that puts JESUS FIRST, & OTHERS SECOND, & OURSELVES LAST!!!!!!!  Only in this way will we find true J O Y!!!!!!!  This country has become a country of "me" first; it is all about "my feelings", "my needs", "my wants".  Do not "diss" or insult or anger or irritate others...because they may LASH a lasting way!!...Because in this country, it is all about "me".  There is a lack of respect for others, a lack of concern for another's welfare, & so little value ~ if any!! ~ placed on another's life!  WHY?!?!?!?  What has happened to us?!?!?  PLEASE, my fellow Americans, PRAY!!!!!  Pray Without Ceasing!!!!!!!  Pray for our children, & pray for ourselves!!!!!!!  Beg God to not forsake us!!!!!!!
Here is the low value that has been placed on the lives of school children {& college-aged as well} in the past 2 decades, by too many people:

Nov. 1, 1991 -- 4 killed, 2 injured: Iowa City, Iowa -- Gang Lu, a gradu­ate stu­dent in phys­ics from China, shot 4 people to death at the Uni­v. of Iowa. Lu, who took his own life in the in­cid­ent, was up­set about not get­ting an aca­dem­ic hon­or. The dead in­cluded fac­ulty mem­bers & the stu­dent who had won the hon­or. 2 oth­ers were crit­ic­ally wounded.

Oct. 1, 1997 -- 3 killed, 7 injured: Pearl, Miss. -- Luke Woodham, 16, fatally shot 2 students & wounded 7 others at Pearl High School, after stabbing his mother to death. He was sentenced the following year to 3 life sentences.

Dec. 1, 1997 -- 3 killed, 5 injured: West Paducah, Ky. -- 3 students were killed & 5 wounded at a high school in Ky. Michael Carneal, then 14, later pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder & is serving life in prison.

March 24, 1998 -- 5 killed, 10 injured: Jonesboro, Ark. -- Middle school stu­dents Mitchell John­son & An­drew Golden pull a fire alarm at their school in a small rur­al Arkan­sas com­munity, then open fire on stu­dents & teach­ers us­ing an ar­sen­al they had stashed in the nearby woods. 4 stu­dents & a teach­er who tried to shield the chil­dren are killed & 10 oth­ers are in­jured. Be­cause of their ages, Mitchell. 13, & An­drew, 11, are sen­tenced to con­fine­ment in a ju­ven­ile fa­cil­ity un­til they turn 21.  {N’s Note: This is the one I recall the best.   What the news story does NOT say, but what I remember from the news at the time are these 2 things: It was done because the girlfriend of one of the boys had broken up with him; she was TWELVE.  The teacher who died was PREGNANT.}
“Condolences continued to pour in from around the world, stretching the staff at the local post office to the limit...Cards & letters by the scores came from children & adults in Dunblane, Scotland, where, 2 years ago, 16 children, ages 5 & 6, & their teacher were gunned down at an elementary school by a former Scout leader. Confirming the curious link that occurs when towns are visited with similar horror, West Paducah, Ky.--scene of yet another school shooting--dispatched a team of 100 crisis counselors to assist this community.”

May 21, 1998 -- 4 killed, 20 injured: Springfield, Ore. -- Kipland Kinkel kills his parents & later opens fire at Thurston High School, fatally shooting 2 teenagers.

April 20, 1999 -- 13 killed, 24 injured: Columbine, Colo. -- Eric Har­ris & Dylan Kle­bold, stu­dents at Columbine High, open fire at the school, killing a dozen stu­dents & a teach­er & caus­ing in­jury to 2 dozen oth­ers be­fore tak­ing their own lives.
“At one point, 3 black-clad youths described as friends of the assailants were rousted at gunpoint in a field near the school, frisked & taken into custody by SWAT team members in bulletproof vests.  By nightfall, police had recovered 30 explosive devices in the school, laying near bodies & hidden in lockers, & another 17 scattered outside.  Their danger was evident in the blast of a timed explosive that shuddered inside the school as late as 10:30 p.m.”

March 5, 2001 -- 2 killed, 13 injured: Santee, Calif. -- Santana High stu­dent Charles An­drew Wil­li­ams, 15, fatally shot 2 class­mates & wounds 13 oth­ers on the cam­pus. He is ap­pre­hen­ded by po­lice in the school bath­room, where his at­tack began. Wil­li­ams is later sen­tenced to 50 years to life.
"Recognizing violence as a public health phenomenon is important," said California Health & Human Services Secretary Grantland Johnson. "The San Diego events dramatize the problem, but this is an epidemic."

Oct. 28, 2002 -- 3 killed: Arizona -- Robert Flores Jr., 41, who was flunking out of the Univ. of Arizona nursing school, shot & killed 3 of his professors before killing himself.

March 21, 2005 -- 9 killed, 7 injured: Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn. -- Jef­frey Weise, a 16-year-old stu­dent at Red Lake High School fatally shoots 5 stu­dents, a teach­er, & a se­cur­ity guard & wounds 7 oth­ers be­fore tak­ing his own life. Be­fore his ram­page at Red Lake, Weise kills his grand­fath­er & his grand­fath­er’s com­pan­ion at their home on the Red Lake In­di­an Re­ser­va­tion.
“His grandfather, Sgt. Daryl Lussier, had served for more than 35 years on the Red Lake police force.  ‘The boy took his grandfather's duty belt with the guns. That's what he used,’ said Roman Stately, the Red Lake fire director.”

Oct. 2, 2006 -- 5 killed, 5 injured: Nickel Mines, Pa. -- Charles Carl Roberts IV, a milk truck driver armed with a small ar­sen­al, bursts in­to a one-room school­house & kills 5 Amish girls. He kills him­self as po­lice storm the build­ing.
“…he carried with him tools for a sexual assault: KY lubricant jelly, plastic flex-cuffs & heavy bolts that could have been used to restrain the children, police said Tuesday…At 10 a.m. Monday, after walking 2 of his children to their school bus, he burst into the Amish schoolhouse brandishing a 9-millimeter semiautomatic weapon & ordered the adult women & 15 boys to leave. One girl escaped with her brother, Miller said, leaving the 10 girls -- ages 6 to 13 -- behind.”

April 16, 2007 -- 32 killed, 17 injured: Blacksburg, Va. -- Seung-hui Cho, a 23-year-old Vir­gin­ia Tech seni­or, opens fire on cam­pus, killing 32 people in a dorm & an aca­dem­ic build­ing in at­tacks more than 2 hours apart. Cho takes his life after the 2nd in­cid­ent.
“The killing spree at Virginia Tech was the deadliest such incident in modern U.S. history, outstripping the 1991 mass murder at a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, in which 23 people were gunned down.  It also surpassed the 1999 toll at Columbine H.S. in Littleton, Colo., where 2 teenage gunmen killed 13 people & themselves.”

Feb. 14, 2008 -- 5 killed, 16 injured: Dekalb, Ill. -- Steven Kazmier­czak, dressed all in black, steps on stage in a lec­ture hall at North­ern Illinois Uni­versity & opens fire on a geo­logy class. 5 stu­dents are killed &16 wounded be­fore Kazmier­czak kills him­self on the lec­ture hall stage.
“It was the 5th school shooting in a week in the U.S…The shooting followed a string of violence in schools.  Last Friday, a woman shot 2 students to death & killed herself at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. Also Friday, a man shot at his wife, a teacher, in an elementary school in Portsmouth, Ohio. This week, a high school student in Memphis, Tenn., was shot, allegedly by a classmate, during gym class. And a 15-year-old was shot at a junior high in Oxnard; he has been declared brain-dead.”

Feb. 27, 2012 -- 3 killed, 2 injured: Chardon, Ohio -- 3 students were killed & 2 wounded in a shooting spree that started in a school cafeteria, as students waited for buses to other schools. Police have charged T.J. Lane, who was 17 at the time, as an adult.

April 2, 2012 -- 7 killed, 3 injured: Oakland -- One L. Goh, 43, a former stu­dent at a Oikos Uni­v., a small Chris­ti­an col­lege, al­legedly opens fire in the middle of a classroom leav­ing 7 people dead & 3 wounded. Jongjin Kim, the Oikos Univ…, said the suspect was angry because administrators refused to grant him a full tuition refund after he dropped out of the nursing program.
“Bhutia Tshering, 38…apparently Goh's last victim…was killed when the gunman stole his car to make a getaway, according to the Contra Costa Times.”

Dec. 14, 2012 -- 27 killed, 1 injured: Newtown, Conn. -- De­vel­op­ing story: By late in the day, au­thor­it­ies said that the num­ber of deaths over­all stood at 28, in­clud­ing the shoot­er.  One per­son was in­jured.  The vic­tims in­cluded 18 chil­dren & 6 adults pro­nounced dead at the school, & 2 pu­pils pro­nounced dead at hos­pit­als. An­oth­er per­son was found dead at a sec­ond­ary crime scene. -- On this same date, in the Henan province village of Chengping, China, a man injured 22 children & 1 adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes shortly after 8 a.m.  The attacker is 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun. – “A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman, then students, before being subdued by security guards who have been posted across China following a spate of school attacks in recent years. He said there were no deaths among the nine students admitted, although two badly injured children had been transferred to better-equipped hospitals outside the county. It was not clear how old the injured children were, but Chinese primary school pupils are generally 6-11 years old… No motive was given for the stabbings, which echo a string of similar assaults against schoolchildren in 2010 that killed nearly 20 & wounded more than 50. The most recent such attack took place in August, when a knife-wielding man broke into a middle school in the southern city of Nanchang & stabbed 2 students before fleeing.”

How to Talk to your Kids about School Shootings:

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