While the true reason may never be known, from educators to school psychologists and activists the consensus was the impact of the brutal killings was clearly felt and would be long lasting.
But observers and experts also said the personal tragedies also symbolized and were connected to America’s unfortunate historical and violent legacy.
In 2008 and 2009, nearly 5,800 children and teens were killed by guns, according to a recent report by the Children’s Defense Fund, a non-profit advocacy group.
The report, “Protect Children Not Guns 2012,” was dedicated to Florida teen Trayvon Martin and thousands of children and youth killed by guns each year. Mr. Martin, a 17-year-old Black male, was gunned down by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., in late February.
The number of children and teens killed was greater than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Children’s Defense Fund report. [READ MORE]