It should never happen, yet it does. It’s a problem that’s sadly as American as apple pie. Mass shootings happen so regularly in the United States that half of them barely register nationally. When it happens at a school, though…when it involves children and students. When it impacts young people with their whole lives ahead of them, the nation still comes together in unity and in mourning.
To that end, the Missouri Tigers will honor the victims of the latest senseless high school shooting. This time, it was a high school in South St. Louis that has the bear the burden of unimaginable grief and horror.
Nothing the Tigers, or any sports organization for that matter, do will make things better for the families and community that have been impacted. There is something to be said for solidarity, though. There is something to be said about knowing that you’re not alone in your grief.
Missouri football coach Eliah Drinkwitz told the media on Tuesday that his team will do “something” to honor those lost at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. He also wasn’t afraid to share his thoughts on the tragedy, saying, “It’s about protecting the future of our country, and our children are our future…And we cannot continue to live like this. We just can’t.”
“We’ve got to figure out how we can protect our kids from walking into schools afraid,” he continued, per ESPN. “That should be the last thing on their mind when they’re walking into a school to learn and to grow and to mature and to become our future.
“And so I’m just asking for all of us to instead of picking sides and picking and pointing out all the issues, let’s find solutions. You know, let’s find real solutions.”
The two victims of the shooting were identified as 15-year-old student Alexzandria Bell at 61-year-old physical education teacher, Jean Kuczka.
May they rest in peace and may their memories be honored.