While raising awareness of the gun control epidemic in the US is admirable, turning tragedies into fashion statements is not.
Teachers did not become educators to trade in reading, writing, and arithmetic for rifles, lock-down drills, and medical combat training.
These strangers who made it their mission to support a man in mourning are a reminder that good does still exist in the world.
The recipient has been missing for ten years and the family is asking for help finding him.
It’s the responsibility of adults to stop this in its tracks. It’s the responsibility of society to stop glorifying such behavior.
Toxic masculinity is a poison. It’s up to us, parents of boys, to do better by them – for society’s sake and for their own.
If I don’t speak out, if I don’t counter the nonsense spewed by the never-changers, their voices will be the only ones heard by the silent observers.
It made me sad to see two men unable to admit that they were seeking help for mental illness. We need to end the stigma and support each other.