Important Disclaimers: I’m not a clinically trained medical or mental health professional, nor trained in law enforcement or public safety.
If you or anyone you know, is a danger to yourself or others, please contact emergency services.
I didn’t bother watching much of the news nationally, today.
It was a heartbreaking day, locally.
First that hit the news, was a 24 year old man, pushed or threw (investigation being ongoing, there’s not much information being released, yet) a 5 year old boy he didn’t know from the 3rd floor to the first floor at Mall of America, where the child is reported to be in critical condition.
In greater Minnesota, a 36 year old father set fire to his house today, killing his 2 youngest children who were toddlers, his other 2 children who were 9 and 7 are in the hospital and the father is in critical condition.
I’m just going to concentrate on today’s events here locally regarding children that were murdered by family or an attempted murder by a stranger.
We need more initiatives that can help people realize that everyone, regardless of age has a right to a peaceful and violence free life.
These 2 isolated incidents had 5 victims, 2 of them dead, all under the age of 10 years old.
I keep internally debating on whether or not that empathy for others who are different can be taught, that people who have severe mental illness diagnosed or not can have more initiatives in place for education on how important the sanctity of life is and if people can’t see that for themselves, that they do not infringe in any way in everyone’s right to have a healthy peaceful life without all this violence that is now happening on a daily basis, locally, nationally and around the world.
The victims, their families (although truthfully I’m not praying for that father), friends and communities, are in my thoughts and prayers.
With my own disabilities, I can’t do more than bring awareness of the urgent need for more resources and initiatives in place.
And the urgent need for people to check in one another, as well as having more initiatives and if one feels that they are in danger of hurting themselves and others, that they get the help they need for themselves and/or others, so that more of these tragedies can be prevented.
Editorial Note: Blog published while it’s still April 12th, 2019 here in Minnesota.