It should have been a dream but it was an awful reality. Why would an
adult pump live bullets into kids, ages five to ten, killing twenty of them
beats my imagination. Anyone that thinks about it would probably have to fight
back tears. What a way to cause psychological pains reverberating into the
marrows of parents. Oh my God…
The Young Life
A few months back, I had the opportunity to plant, stay close
and watch certain food crops to maturity. I discovered that when young, they were
tender, clean, smooth and beautiful. Not long after, I had to chase free range
chickens away as it became hurtful to see young plant get picked by them. The
young human life, in addition, is innocent, helpless, dependent and defenseless.
And this could be why many parents would remain bewildered.
The Purpose Required a Planned Action
Let nobody mention derangement because I believe he acted out
his own script. He wasn’t a minor; he knew gun as a lethal tool, more efficient
than bare hands. The first shot was not aimed at a log but his mum. Then he
traveled a good distance; with time long enough to revise his action, to commit
a shocking crime. He must have driven like a gentleman; to evade, as well as
pre-empt a possible chain of reactions from law officers. Once he got to the
classroom, first were the adults, to prevent resistance no matter how little.
Then the kids…, who would probably scream, call-out to mummy or daddy. Kids
whose gloomy countenance alone is enough for an adult to pay an undivided
attention! Finally, the last shot was not fired at his image; he would have not
only shattered a mirror but affirmed a mental illness. He must have had
resentment for his parents and of course, the society. His mother was probably
unlucky as the only parent accessible. An obvious assumption therefore is that
he did it to get even with the society and probably his parents.
The Social Blitz
No culture will allow unpleasant comment about the dead, but the
following truth must be told.
- The dead mother was an epitome of moral virtues; she stood by
him to the end. This made her accessible by evil.
- The twenty kids were potential Presidents, business moguls,
Nobel Prize winners, etc. They were preparing to be one of those that would
further extend the frontier of human development.
- The crime was due to moral virtues that fell on deaf ears.
The rejection of late President John F. Kennedy’s timeless counsel to “…do
for your country”.
- The remaining six adults were probably the society that
should have benefited from an individual’s ingenuity. The society will forever
be off his communication line…
- Lastly, the rest of us living should draw a lesson from the
episode. We need to identify a failure as someone who will try to get even by
destroying the same society that would have trampled down his door to access
and pay for his ingenuity.
Ironically, your unsatisfactory social-economic status is not an
index for failure. Rather it is a major indicator that you are yet to identify
your potential skill and personality. Meanwhile, committing a violent crime to
get even with whoever will identify you as a failure. Let the souls of the dead,
particularly the souls of those innocent and tender kids, rest in the perfect
peace of the Almighty God.