In response to a former student killing 10 people in Buffalo, Susquehanna Valley students formed the phrase “SV loves Buffalo” using colored plastic cup wedged into the chain-link fence in front of the high school. Salvation-by-solo-cup can’t assuage guilt-by-association. This trite symbolism mocks and trivializes a tragedy and the educators advising these kids should have known better, but hey, this might take the focus off of their own shortcomings. Better efforts might include asking school officials when they first knew this former student was unstable? And how many others noticed problems but said nothing?
The problem isn’t firearms or background checks or magazine size or more laws that criminals ignore. The solution is learning why so many are so mentally ill.
Plastic cup platitudes and feel-good laws that would have done nothing to address this tragedy are wasted efforts that ignore the real issues of a Godless society poisoned by drugs and a counter-culture that celebrates violence and evil. Our kids are drowning in the filth of cyber-space and because the cure is too difficult, we ignore it until people are dead and then we feign outrage and go back into our anesthetized state of being, Godless, soul-less and clueless.