Rusty Chain Reactions

If you’re not prepared to feel a little bummed I would suggest to stop reading here.

I saw “I’m Not Ashamed” the other night, a movie about the Columbine High School Shooting on April, 20th, 1999. I won’t spoil the movie for you but one line stuck with me.

The shooters, in preparation for the mass killing, expressed they hoped for a chain reaction to begin after their actions. The scary part is, they were successful in that goal.

Since the shooting at Columbine High School, school shootings have gone from never being thought of to an  addition to school safety drills. How terrifying is that!

Anger and hate influences anger and hate which influences anger and hate in a relentless cycle. The whole cycle is an abandoned dog tied to a fence. Everyday a child feels safe enough to walk by it and even pet the dog. At first it howled and barked at the world. But one day a storm came along and its personality shifted . Already afraid and alone the dog begins losing its stability. Now it chokes on its chains around its neck and jumps at the child as she walks by. Loud claps and booms of thunder scare it even more and the fear turns to rabid anger. The longer the storm roars the more vicious the dog becomes.

Now the chains are rusted and tear into the flesh on the dog’s neck. The girl can no longer walk near this dog without feeling in danger. Her father warns her to walk on the other side of the street and hit the dog with a stick in case one day it breaks loose. From the opposite sidewalk she can see no longer a dog. Instead she freezes as the dark beast, snarling and thrashing violently, drips red blood from its black and rust stained neck.

How are we, our generation, older generations, and younger generations going to change this?

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Picture of clouds and editing by Jenna Everson

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