You are loved
By Courtney Eathorne The original intent of this holiday edition of Knight Life was one of light cheer. Its entirety was to be received with minimal bearing. However, terribly unfortunately, I pen with a heavier purpose. The heart of America was violently broken Friday morning when tragedy visited Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There are no words to place upon what happened that morning, and this must not be seen as an attempt to do so. But inhumanity of this caliber cannot be ignored. When word of the horror in Connecticut reached my corner of the world on Friday afternoon I was physically compromised. I got sick to stomach. My entire body shook with cries of an emotion I could not identify. Why was this happening? What had come over me? Here I stood, a thousand miles from Newtown, completely taken down by the propensity of its tragedy. I was taken aback by how strongly I felt the pain of strangers, even though I had heard this sort of news before. I was in first grade when terror attacked America in September of 2001. I remember my teacher, my hero, carrying out a normal day of reading, writing and first grade fun, and little else of the tragedy. First grade has no space for tragedy; yet here we are, a decade later, and all bets of allowed evil are off. What happened Friday is not solely Newtown’s tragedy. That senseless morning belongs to all of America, and most importantly to 21st century youth. This was a perpetrator of our generation acting unto others of our own. Although we more easily identify with the young victims of this tragedy, we are closer in age to its villian. What terrifies me the most is the small amount of time lapsed between this killer’s own first grade days and his path of destruction. Was he not born an angel just like each of the ones he took from us? Why did his blood turn so cold? And how can we prevent this from happening again? Although our generation has seen a great deal of tragedy in our very few years, with 9/11 and more recent tragedies in Tuscon, Arizona and Aurora, Colorado, school violence is different; it can never be considered a wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time situation. Attending school each day is not a highly questioned action. We cannot grow numb to violence simply because we believe we were raised by it. In doing so, we are hurting each other and we’re hurting ourselves. This issue of Knight Life is meant to encompass what being in high school in 2012 should be about: you. We want to celebrate how important and special you are. These senseless acts of our generation do not define us and with your help, they will be erased from our generation’s legacy. The best way to do so is to focus on all the wonderful things you are. Our paper hopes to give you a voice and recognize your achievements. We hope to provide an escape, if only temporary, from the sometimes very cruel world in which we live. We hope to shed light on your fears and show you the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. Most importantly, we remind you that you are not alone. Even if you don’t believe it, we, as a school community, desperately need you. We need your smile. We need your opinion. We need the unique talents and interests that you bring to our Lahser family. Family. That’s what we truly are as Knights. Through thick and thin we will always share a common home. And if you look close enough, you will always, always, always find someone who is on your side. This holiday season you are loved. You are an important part of the Lahser High School community and we are glad to call you one of our own. Forgive others, forgive yourself. We are only human; we are still just kids. Take nothing for granted; and remember that the time you are given on earth is not a right, but it is the most precious gift you will ever receive.