The school shooting in Mississippi at Delta State University that resulted in the death of history professor Ethan Schmidt is another reminder that violence can strike anywhere at anytime. The small town of Cleveland, Mississippi is the last place you'd expect an active shooter situation to force a school into lock down, but that was the same sentiment in places like Sandy Hook, Columbine, and even Blacksburg.
And while the investigation is ongoing and a suspect has yet to be found as of this posting, there are some universal truths about violence we know:
- Violence knows no geographic boundaries.
- It does not discriminate based on population and is not independent of socioeconomic status.
- It is a cancer that can sometimes spring up where we least expect it, and it is surely difficult to eliminate from our existence.
Human history is riddled with it, but I believe there are still hallowed locations that should be untouched by it and immune from it.
- Violence should never be able to encroach on our children's schools, regardless of whether it is student-on-student, student-on-staff, or staff-on-staff aggression.
- It should never rear its head in a care facility where medical staff are sworn to do no harm.
- It should stray far from places of worship where hands should only lift in praise and not victimized surrender.