I hesitate in posting this, but here it goes.
Last Friday morning, before school, an 8 yr old boy shot his 5 yr old brother in the forehead. Both children attend my kids school. The 5 yr old was rushed to the hospital and the 8 yr old was taken to school for the day. They wanted to airlift the 5 yr old to another hospital, but due to bad weather were unable to do so and had to take him by ambulance instead. It really doesn't matter, as he would have died anyway. He died later that afternoon.
I did not know either of these children, but seeing the grief on all of the teachers faces that have had both of them throughout the years is heartbreaking. The little boy's funeral is today, at which all of his favorite songs will be sung and afterwards is a graveside ceremony.
So far, my kids have not really heard anything or understood what is going on and I pray that they don't.
This is my rant: THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED! The gun was loaded with the safety off and under the mother's pillow. She kept it there when the father was out of town. When he was home, it was kept in the nightstand. WHY OH WHY do people still do this??? How many children have to die at the hands of a sibling or other child to make people realize that this can happen to you??? Not only am I sad that this young child's life has been taken, but also, I am so sad for this 8 yr old who has to live with this the rest of his life.
So far, I do not know if they are pressing charges against the mother...