Yesterday was a difficult day for me, as I watched the events unfold at Virginia Tech University. I was as shocked and dismayed as anyone else upon hearing the news that 30 or more young, bright, people had been shot to death by a rampaging maniac. I find it so hard to understand how someone could do something so grotesque and so wrong. How could their life be so bad as to force them into taking people’s lives? Was he teased? Was he ridiculed by these people? Was he having problems making it through school? So many questions and no answers.

I truly would hope and pray that other youth think hard about this horrible event in our country’s history. Think hard about how 30 or more young adults, their futures ahead of them, now are gone. There are no problems in this life which can be SO BAD that it requires such a violent response. We all are here together on this planet, living together. We all have our good days and bad, we all have adversity in our lives which we must deal with. And when the challenges of life becoming daunting and overwealm us, there are people who are there to help us. Many see going to a therapist a sign of weakness or an indication that you are flawed in some way. You couldn’t be more wrong.

When you get sick, you go to the doctor. He or she then will diagnose your ailment and prescribe medication, if necessary, to make you feel better and get you on the road to being healthy and happy again. Our physical health is so important to us and yet many people neglect something even more important, mental health. Therapists, phychologists, councellors, etc. are nothing more than doctors for your mental health. They are not there to hurt you or to make you feel uncomfortable, they are there, just as all other doctors, to help, to make you feel better.

I hope young people all around the country learn from this event, that violence is never a solution. The gunman who killed those students has now left behind shattered families, and I don’t mean just the immediate parents, I mean the parents, their parents, cousins, uncles, nephews, etc. All of them are affected. And then there are their friends, whose lives are now lessened by the loss of people they loved, people they studied with, and in the case of some, people they loved in a way that goes much deeper than friendship.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost their friends yesterday, to the parents who lost a child they nurtured and cared for, for so long, with such pride. My prayers go out to those who died, that they may be forgiven of any sins they carried and that they may know the joy of Heaven. And lastly I pray for this country I so dearly love, that we may come together and make sure nothing like this ever happens again. That young adults and teenagers everywhere will stop and think about this event and realize that anger, violent thoughts and depression are just as serious as cancer, kidney failure or diabetes. They don’t affect your body, but they require the same attention. If you need help, go talk to someone, don’t destroy your future and the futures of innocent people. We are all your family, and we are all here to help.

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