Ross: At what point do parents just give up and send their kids back to online classrooms?

May 25, 2022, 7:38 AM | Updated: May 27, 2022, 6:36 am

Mourners attend a vigil at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elem...

Mourners attend a vigil at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School (Getty Images)

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It felt like Sandy Hook all over again.

Gunman kills 18 children, 3 adults in Texas grade school

I tell myself that the odds of this happening are very, very small, so I mustn’t get emotional.

But it didn’t work. I had just spent the afternoon with a two-year-old who wants to smell every flower in the yard. And so I don’t want the odds to be small, I want them to be zero.

I felt like Steve Kerr – coach of the Golden State Warriors – who ditched his pre-game news conference last night and said this:

“The elderly black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo … We’ve had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California, and now we have children murdered at school. When are we going to do something?”

After that, TNT Anchor Ernie Johnson also felt compelled to speak out. He’s been described as the steadiest voice in sports. But he’s also raised six kids –

“Yeah I have four grandkids. I have a daughter who’s a high school teacher, and I … it scares the devil out of me,” Johnson said.

And of course, there was the President who gave the speech we’ve heard before – the speech every president has had to give at least once since Columbine: that a thing that should never happen … has again happened.

And that was followed by a rehash of old ideas – background checks, more security, arm the teachers. After a few weeks, we’ll discover the red flags that no one acted on, and again we’ll conclude, what can you do? That’s the price of the Second Amendment.

No law is going to stop a suicidal shooter; it’s one of the side effects of freedom.

Until at some point it gets bad enough that parents start to think – you know, we really hated those online classrooms, and maybe they stunted a kid’s progress…

But at least they stopped this from happening.

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