Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and our colleagues of the Clark County School District, which serves Las Vegas, and with the Las Vegas community.
As educators, our thoughts turn to our young people and how they are able to understand and process yet another horrific act in our nation. Our young people carry an unfair burden in this day and time. They are coming of age in a nation where mass shootings, political dysfunction, police shootings, violence, and racial, gender, and identity bias are far too commonplace. Every day it seems there are reports of natural and man-made disasters that shake us to our core. It seems as though we are expecting more of our young people than we do of ourselves.
When I ask myself how we move forward as a nation, my hope and our promise is in the young people we are privileged to serve every day. Let us embrace the challenge of responding to their desire to build a better future. Let us practice the acceptance and empathy we are teaching them. Let us, as adults, model the values and behaviors we want our future leaders to display.
We must do more to take care of each other as a nation. We must look beyond ourselves and realize we have an opportunity and a responsibility to work with our young people now to build the more perfect union we have strived to achieve for more than 240 years.
It is our natural desire to protect our children when terrible things happen. It is also our responsibility to support them as they work to create a better future. Let us continue to strive towards building a global community that values and respects us all.