Scarlett Lewis was one of the parents who lost a child in the Sandy Hook School Shooting. Tragic doesn't begin to define it. In Jan 2015 Scarlett was one of 2 parents who sued our town and the BOE claiming that there was inadequate security at the school. In June 2016 They offered to settle for 5.5 million dollars!
In May2018 a judge dismissed the law suit. They appealed and in Oct 2019 they lost the appeal I have difficulty understanding her action to sue and at the same time promote 'choose love' It doesn't make sense. Where was the love for her town and neighbors that grieved with her, that supported her?
So glad to read this. I'm Jewish. My Dad taught me that when I heard an anti-semetic comment not to get mad but to educate - kindly and without anger. I think this applies in this and many situations. (Perhaps there are situations where it isn't safe to do so.) I miss my Dad and my Mom. My Mom taught us to understand the the black experience. She said, probably in the 70's, that if she were black she would be a militant black. I understood what she meant. Both my parent's intelligence, wisdom and kindness has been influenced the way I look at the world (or try to) and I am so grateful. So I want to take this opportunity to tell them that I miss them and love them and think of them so often. My Mom is been gone 7 years and my Dad 21 years. Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers. Influence your children well. As Stephen Sondheim says in his musical Into the Woods, "Children will listen". I'm glad I did.
This is beautifully written. To those who may read this and not understand or disagree, please take just a moment to self reflect. Have you ever heard racial comments and instead of speaking up, ignored what you heard? It is simple actions like speaking up against this behavior and letting the individual know that it is unacceptable that can make where you live safer for your BIPOC neighbors. Have you ever dubbed somebody suspicious because of the color of their skin? That is likely somebody’s baby boy.. beloved father.. as hardworking and respectable as they come. In your heart of hearts be honest with yourself, even if it is an uncomfortable feeling. We are only asking for kindness.. acceptance.. inclusion. There is no downside to this. Please open your hearts to know everyone, including you can make consistent, subtle changes that will have big results. Its not asking much, but it is everything to those who are only asking for peace, and a better, safer world for themselves and their families.
Thank Wendy for your words. I wholeheartedly agree with you. We should not wait for a tragedy to occur for change to come to Newtown. We have to actively seek that change both as individuals and as a community.
Thank you, Wendy, for bringing an important issue to light. As a member of the group to which you are referring, I also only recently became aware of the business owner's behavior, and I am mortified that I ever gave him business. I will never set foot in there again, and will definitely be seeking out businesses who demonstrate allyship. Castle Hill Chocolate is a wonderful example of a local business willing to do the hard work. Let's stop making excuses for the racist actions of certain individuals, and start working for real change in this town.