Let’s show mercy to the parents

You know who I feel almost as sorry for as the parents of the victims in Colorado?

The parents of the shooter.

That might sound crazy, but I can’t imagine the fear and shame and sorrow they must be feeling. As surely as the parents of the slain, they have lost their child. Not just physically, to prison or the electric chair, but emotionally. They will always love him, but they will never feel the same way. They will look backward into their memories and question every action, every comment. Were there signs in his behavior they missed? They will wonder what they did wrong, what they could have done to stop the massacre.

Somewhere inside, they will be furious with their son.

I’ve read that the parents of the shooter are being hounded, reporters on their doorstep, cops in their yard, death threats and insults on their phone. They’ve had to flee their home.

People should remember, they didn’t kill anyone. They are dealing with their own anguish. People shouldn’t punish them for the sins of their son.

About alisaacarter

I am a writer of young adult novels, wife, mom of three, lover of animals, former magazine editor, reader of anything paranormal, and coffee fanatic.
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