Could A Mentor Have Prevented School Shooting?

Are we becoming hardened to the all too many shootings in schools? I pray we are not.

Everyone has heartfelt opinions on “both sides of the aisle.” I honestly don’t know how nor do I have the wherewithal to solve this heartbreaking issue. What I do know is there are far too many innocent children who are being slaughtered. Parents deserve the right to have their children get on the school bus, travel to school, and come home at the end of the day safely.

My question is this: If the recent Florida teen accused of these killings, who lost two parents at a young age and according to news reports had emotional issues, had had a mentor, might this outcome been different?

If a Big Brother was involved in his life, could it have made the difference between life and death for the 17 killed and the many injured? I have to believe that it could have made a difference in his life, and the nation would not be weeping one more time.

Consider supporting the activities of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County. Visit for more information. While we don’t want to say this one more time, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Broward County.

Ida Cahill
Acting Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County


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