And discussing it with your kids is not a good idea either. They may not understand the depth of the issue beyond hearing people were killed on TV. I've seen parents hugging their kids and crying about it, not those involved but just parents who have seen the news. This creates unnecessary trauma for a child. Children are desensitized from TV news where people are shown being killed, they play violent games and are exposed to these realities daily. For them it is an unrealistic world, kids should not be filled with fears and sadness over such issues. No amount of personal awareness would help them avoid such a situation. Having a parent upset and warning about such things is just not needed and makes the issue much worse for them.
I too had someone scowl at me on the weekend because I basically shrug my shoulders and write it off as a hideous society that I haven't believed in for many years anyway.
Yes, it is absolutely horrific, it is a devastating time for all involved, parents should never outlive children etc.
But the more fuss and public outcry it creates, the worse the situation gets as others follow suit to be even bigger and more notorious.
It's been proven countless times by police forces worldwide that popularity will just breed more of the same. If nobody makes a fuss and it's not publicized, these people without a voice usually seek other avenues for attention.
It is sad, my heart to goes out to those involved, I can't even begin to imagine if that had happened to my child...but we need to move forward and let police focus on why it happened, how it happened and working on ways to reduce the likeliness of it happening again.
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