When I was a child in early elementary school in Pittsfield, we worried about the threat of nuclear war from a monster called Russia, somewhere on the other side of the world. The threat was very scary and very real but it was identifiable. We knew exactly what to be afraid of.
Our children today don’t know exactly who to fear, which leads to anxiety about everyone and everything. How can a young child distinguish who the monster really is?
As a former teacher in the city schools, I don’t know how students process this kind of violence in our schools. The monsters are close by. Will children ever feel safe?