While surfing the net (something I have so much time to do! NOT!), I've found several blogs that are calling for a day of silence today in honor of those lost in the Virginia Tech shootings. In fact, Blogger and Podcaster magazine has an article about it.
While I am in no way discrediting the horror of what happened, I'm not sure a day of silence in the blog-world is what we need. I think a day of talking about all the things that went wrong leading up to the shooting is what needs to be done.
What could have been done, what should we do now? What do schools need to do to make sure another Cho isn't created? What do parents need to see and recognize in their children (or their children's classmates) at an early age?
I'm not making excuses for the shooter, so before you jump on that bandwagon, back off! Not every kid that is bullied and teased his/her entire life turns into a killer. It's just as possible that this tormented child could just kill him/herself.
We need to take a long, hard look at what is going on, talk about it with our kids or their teachers, find out if our children are being bullied or are a bully themselves and then take steps to correct the situation; take as many steps as we have to to get it stopped.