The Fierce Urgency of NOW!
I am a huge Obama supporter since I changed parties to support him! I am thrilled when I meet people who feel the same way!!! Sometimes the very minute I am filled with warmth from meeting another supporter, I am attacked by another person for the very same belief!!! It's been the most crazy, CYBIL moments I have ever had. I stay strong and connected to why I believe Barack Obama is the best person for our leader than anyone in my most recent memory. That is my endorsement...and that I stand by no matter WHO attacks me! On that note....I have to share a great pain I have and a HUGE FEAR I HAVE!
I FOUND OUT TONIGHT WHEN I GOT HOME, THAT my 13 yr old son, Dylan, who is in 7th grade in IOWA, had been a target of another student who threatened to shoot him with a gun.............................................................................................................................. I found out when I got home, that the student who threatened him, was suspended from school for 3 days............................................................................................................ No one from the school called me or my husband to tell us that our child had been threatened with a gun or that another student was suspended from school for 3 days.................................................I don't know any more details than that, and I am so angry at myself that I was out with clients and not home when this drama was taking place, but I know my husband is so angry and going to the school tomorrow because we were not notified first hand as to the threat against our child's life and to the suspension of the other child. I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING!
I see the violence on TV with the shootings at colleges and even malls and I don't get it how NO ONE KNEW someone was about to snap? I believe there had to be warning signs. NOW I AM SITTING HERE with my son safe and sound in bed (for now) then have to hug and kiss him and send him off to school? TO SCHOOL? The same place that suspended another child for a THREAT, but for 3 days? What on earth kind of punishment is that, and WHAT ON EARTH DOES THIS OTHER CHILD HATE MY CHILD THAT HE WOULD RISK HIS FREEDOM FOR? Why did the school suspend this child and not call us (the parents) and not wonder WHY the kid wanted to threaten another child with a gun? AM I CRAZY THAT THIS IS CRAZY?
When I found out tonight about the threat to my son's life and the suspension from school for the other child, even I wondered what had Dylan done. He's in Hockey, Baseball, Football and Golf and he's confident, but not cocky. BUT WHY SHOULD SOMEONE WANT TO SHOOT AND KILL SOMEONE OVER COCKINESS OR CONFIDENCE? I am heartbroken and perplexed and so BLESSED THAT HE'S NOT A STATISTIC, YET!!!! Dylan's been so unique that he is the one asked to help (and he willingly helps!) less fortunate kids whether they are Autistic (which he has been a peer helper since 4th grade) or they are just new to the school! Dylan doesn't even act perfect because he is also staying after school for work not completed or for tardies..he's a normal kid, in trouble sometimes, and works hard at times and is only concerned about his teammates, his friends and if he's getting enough done so I will let him hang out with his friends! I don't think he would have ever thought that someone would TARGET HIM OUT AS SOMEONE TO HATE ENOUGH TO WISH THEY WERE DEAD! Dylan would be the first one to point out who he looked up to, who was the most talented on any of his teams and would be the first one to stand up for someone else who was an outsider and try to find the way to include them in the group! HE has always done that. THAT IS JUST THE PERSON DYLAN IS! DOES that make him a target from someone else? I bet Dylan wouldn't let someone who hated him, dictate how he decides to live his life, but I CANNOT GET MY MIND AROUND HOW MY SON WAS THREATENED TO BE KILLED BECAUSE OF...WHAT?
I love this REPUBLICANS FOR OBAMA website for filling my need to find a common ground with being a REPUBLICAN for 25 yrs and hearing Obama's message and making a new choice for myself. I see people support each other here and I see others with true venom over the differences we have. I supported Obama in the Iowa caucus and it felt GREAT, and then out of the blue someone calls me a BABY KILLER, GAY LOVER, MORALLY CORUPT! I am not a baby killer, and I do love gay people, I love all people, I can even say I love the boy who threatened my son's life with a gun, because there is something wrong with this OTHER YOUNG person and HOW SAD he is feeling this way for whatever his reasons are, but it's not too late to figure out what went wrong! (And this is very hard for me, and I am totally mixed emotions, but I gotta still love the young boy who, for what reasons, felt motivated more by shooting another child and to get kicked out of school for it~what on earth is he missing and how can we help him. I don't think he wanted to kill my child more than he wanted HELP! And inspite of how this makes me cry and scared to death, my child is safely in bed right now and I feel so much for what this other child is going through, too. I wanna know why he feels like this and what can we do to save him! He's only 13! He's worth IT! He's worth us figuring out what is going on and why would a 13 yr old want to end another 13 yr olds life? Again, I say, this is horribly NOT EASY when all I my being says is to get ANGRY and EVEN and yet I even know Dylan would feel as I do (if I would wake him up and have this conversation...because Dylan's made some bad decisions, but is making better decisions~and he is building trust and he knows that ONE BAD DECISION DOES NOT MAKE YOUR CHARACTURE) (granted Dylan's previous bad decisions were to take a sled and slide off a roof onto a road, or even to punch out the ceiling tiles in a rental house~I went crazy about that and he paid out of pocket with jobs he had to do and also paid by no phone, friends, internet for two months this summer!) he's not a BLESSED CHILD, or is given his way....I have no idea why someone would target him to die. I have no idea why some other child would risk everything he has to threaten the life of another student? Why did the school not call me?
ON THIS WEBSITE, we found each other because someone had the orginal idea that we could see beyond what we thought we were and could do something different for our new found way of looking at things! If the war had not been waged, our group wouldn't exist. If the blunders in the economy had not occured...we would not be a group! IF AND MOST IMPORTANTLY RIGHT NOW, IF OBAMA was not in the race, we would not be a group right now. I wasn't looking outside of my party when Obama came along. I wasn't impressed with ANY of the democrats, except for Obama. I was introduced to the Obama campaign way back in March 07 by some of his campaign workers who were drinking margaritas at the same place I was..and we became friends..but I wasn't switching parties until the END OF DECEMBER 07. Even though it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my 25 yrs of voting Republican....I have never been more attacked.
If Barack handles it everyday...I can. I hope I can talk to Barack face to face on the fact that my 13 yr old son was threatened in school and the school suspended the boy and didn't bother to tell my husband and I what happended. I HOPE Obama talks to me about this because I do want to find a way to lesson the pressure and stress in middle school that would drive a boy to shoot another (even if the child were mine. I don't want ANYTHING TO HAPPEN TO MY CHILD, but I don't want to dictate, or mandate what the board decides to do.)
I bless all those who were involved with this site and I support you, no matter what!
Forgive me for this giant post...but I need YOUR HELP!!!!! I am heartbroken and I don't know how to advise my boys!!!!!