And, What Would Justice Be? by Beverly Hicks Burch

“For Children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.” ~ G. K. Chesterton: ‘The Coloured Lands’ ~

Eleven days before Christmas 27 bodies lay dead after a gruesome shooting at an elementary school in Newton, CT. Twenty of the little bodies were innocent children ranging in ages from 5 to 10 years old, slaughtered like sheep by an angry, evil wild beast. The other seven bodies included 6 adults, one the school principal and the murderer who turned a gun on himself after he had finished his gruesome task. Down the road in a deathly quiet home lay the body of the shooter’s first victim, his own mother.

Just what will be justice in this tragedy? And, God help us, what will be the mercy?

The shooter is dead, so there will be no justice there. Fortunately we are not like some countries where known relatives would be dragged out of their homes to pay for the sins of the perpetrator. The mercy for the children? That they knew little suffering. The mercy now is for their suffering families.

On the very same day, in the village of Chenpeng, Henan province, China a 36 year old man carrying a knife slashed 22 children and one adult at the gate of an elementary school. In recent years, attacks on children especially in schools have been on the rise. In 2010 a man in eastern China went into a kindergarten classroom and slashed 28 children and two teachers.

Why and how, you may be asking can this occur in a country like China? A country that is oppressed by communism and isn’t known for liberal gun ownership laws. The why seems to be related to people losing their jobs and feeling left out of any economic boom that might be going on in the country. The obvious how is with knives, but there is a much more sinister how underneath all of these murders and incidents. That particular how is the evil that lives in the Godless heart of mankind.

No matter where the evil lies, there will always be instruments on hand for mankind to carry out their plots of chaos. In Salem it was stakes, fire and crushing people between heavy stones, in Nazi Germany it was death camps of unspeakable horrors. Chechen rebels used a theater and gas as their path to carnage. No matter what you take away from the innocent to protect themselves with, evil will find a way to reign down destruction and horror on the unprotected innocent.

My heart aches for these 42 angels of Friday’s carnage…20 in the USA and 22 in China. I think Lord Alfred Tennyson said it best, so to paraphrase him, “God’s finger touched them, and they slept.”

We have to do a better job of protecting our children…our future. That is where to begin with the mercy…and where our morning light lies…

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning, and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.” ~ Jean Giraudoux ~

© 2012 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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2 responses to “And, What Would Justice Be? by Beverly Hicks Burch

  1. Mary Hicks

    I couldn’t agree more. I think also of the young teacher who hid her first graders in a closet, and in cupboards, and then lied to the gunman that they were not in the room, and was then gunned down herself. That is a true heroine in my book! Thinking not of herself at all, but only the children in her charge, who were spared death that day, because of her actions.

    It has been too long in coming that all schools need more security, not just high schools. Our times dictate that we stop burying our heads in the sand, and start protecting our school children better. Money is often not given to school districts for things such as security, especially in smaller districts where money might be tight. People have to decide which is more worth while–their children’s lives, or allowing a crazy person to go on a rampage, and slaughter our innocent children.

    Having been in the classroom for so many years myself, this is a subject close to my own heart–I have had a few narrow escapes over the years of my own. My prayers go out to all the children in that school who are left trying to understand why someone they don’t even know would want to kill their schoolmates, and leave them with such a horrible mistrust of adults in the future. My heart breaks for the parents who have lost their children at what should be a happy and joyful time of the year.

    I don’t know this man’s reasons for doing what he did, but to kill his own mother, and then all of those children and teachers, is both unbelievable, and reprehensible. I can’t help but wonder if there were signs that were ignored, or not believed, that might have helped stop him before he got started. We need to pray for those who are left to live with this mess, and for our God to show us a better way to deal with such things in the future, and hopefully reduce this kind if suffering.

    Mary Hicks

  2. Yes, Mary we certainly need better security in schools! Money would be better spent on that than some of the silly thing we see it spent on. God bless these families!

    I know you taught for many years and it saddens me to think that my friends and family who are educators actually risk their lives to give the children of this country an education. But, as the story out of China indicated, it’s not just happening here. It’s an age old problem of a sick, black heart.

    This young man may have been deranged, but that’s all the more reason someone should have known he was a danger!

    Mary, I thankful you retired safe and sound!

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