This is a weekly advice and opinion column written by my mother, Fariba. If you have any questions or would love an opinion on something, please feel free to ask in the comments below.
In light of the recent mass shooting in Florida, I found myself asking what has the world come to?
I remember that not long ago, my children attended public school. Once we dropped off our kids at school, we would go about fulfilling our agenda for the day.
I don’t remember ever worrying that I might not be able to pick them up and see them again. I certainly didn’t worry that an armed individual would walk in the school and start shooting at my children.
The thought of this truly makes me cringe. Now that my older daughter is a teacher, I can’t help but feel like she is in constant danger now when she’s in the classroom.
Looking at the face of the young man, Nikolas Cruz, who was responsible for the high school shootings this past week, I wonder what went so wrong in his life, and people like him, to commit a heinous act like this?
Just looking at him, he would seem like a normal person, like if you saw him in the street passing by, it would never cross your mind that he would do something like that.
I don’t tend to get scared easily, but the thought of my daughter and millions of other children and teachers being in that constant and imminent danger terrifies me. It’s definitely a helpless feeling.
I feel that while sending our thoughts and prayers is a natural reaction to tragedies like this, I hardly think this is enough anymore. Don’t you think it’s time we do more? Let me know your thoughts.