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It Won't Happen to Me...

Mar 04, 2013 09:57AM ● By tina

March's Letter from the Editor

I have to admit, I’ve led a fortunate existence up until this point. For 37 years and counting, it’s been a very good run — for which I’m thankful. I’ve yet to spend more than one night in a hospital. Just as fortunate are those close to me who have never faced the unimaginable.

With so much optimistic water running beneath the bridge of my life and the lives of my loved ones, I’ve been left relatively naive to the nature of tragedy. But, for a moment, on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, the water stood still. 

Having family in Connecticut, I became a little more than responsive upon reading about the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. I launched Google Maps to compare the incident’s location to the whereabouts of my two elementary-aged nieces. What flashed across my screen made my heart sink — 14 miles — almost exactly how far I was bussed to school at that age. 

A prompt call to the cell phone of my usually available brother went unanswered.  Little did I know, he was glued to the television after receiving notification that his daughter’s school, mere miles away, was under lock-down. Eventually, I was able to speak with him, and I learned that my family narrowly dodged being part of a serious national tragedy.

Across the country and closer to home, we like to think these tragic events won’t ever happen to us. Over the span of four months, that thinking has been tragically disrupted — students and families from Carroll ISD have suffered the loss of six classmates.  With the help of school, city and community resources, they continue to deal with more tragedy in a school year than many people do in a lifetime. 

Recent events have brought us awareness that tragedy can hit home when you least expect it. It can happen to any one of us at any time, and that’s got us all buzzing. However, amidst the tragedies, a silver lining has appeared…in the forms of candlelight vigils, community-wide forums on long-neglected topics and a renewed interest in protecting our families. 

We are proud to provide just one of the many forums where our community is able to discuss these urgent issues. In this issue, we strive to bring forth the positive side of life amidst such sobering events and take a look at how our community is coming together to pave a new path of healing for the class of 2013 and all who come after them.

Yours in Southlake Style...

Mike Tesoriero