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April 16, 2008

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Mrs Frizz

Your post brought tears to me ... such a tragedy, a terrible tragedy.

Hannah

It's so, so sad. Yesterday was a sombre day for me, as many of my thoughts centered around this event and the families who are now grieving. An awful tragic accident. I agree that blame shouldn't be pointed right now, as OPC will be feeling this very deeply as well, and they need support & encouragement instead of condemnation. Hindsight is a wonderful thing - but unfortunately nobody can go back and "undo" things.

Lisa Cavanagh

Yes Trina, We were away on school camp last week - I lay awake all night imagining what the students, families and teachers must be going through, and thanking my lucky stars that we brought all 63 students and 21 adults home safe the week before.

But what about the tragedies that happen every week when young people kill themselves (or their friends) in their cars - Paige lost a 'boy racer' friend last week in a tragic, but avoidable, accident... what are we doing to teach our young people that cars kill?

The parents and I talked about it while on camp - after 4 years at the same camp site we had more injuries on the first day than ever before. We came to the conclusion that our young people are so wrapped up in cotton wool that they don't know what it means to get hurt. As parents we are so careful to protect them, that when they have the opportunity to 'cut loose' or control their own safety, they have no idea of the consequences of recklessness or thoughtlessness.

The same can be said of the two young men who set our school on fire last year - they didn't intend to burn the block down they were "just having fun" and didn't think through the consequences of their actions - they are so used to other people thinking through consequences for them!

OK - off my soap box for now, obviously an issue close to my heart and possibly food for thought from an educator's perspective... In the meantime, spare a thought for all the young lives cut short in our country because we are so PC that we don't allow students to learn from risk taking at an early and 'safe' age.

Penny

It's very very sad.

Sharon

Horrible and tragic for all concerned.

Veronica

You are so right Lisa!
I have been thinking of you all week, and wondering about your thoughts on it. it's a funny world when we catch up with our families online. Give our love to Paige. is your petrol head husband enjoying this weekend in Hamilton?

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