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Teach children to respect, protect life

Published: August 28, 2013

Not all 16-year-old boys are monsters. Not every American teenager becomes so bored that he decides to murder another human being just “for fun.” As the mother of a 16-year-old, I realize that it's my responsibility to teach my child to respect and protect life. If he fails to follow my teachings, his failure is ultimately my own. I've tried to instill in all three of my kids a sense of civic duty since they were young. This summer, my youngest son and I spent a week volunteering in Moore after the tornado tore through it. As my son tirelessly picked up debris and helped load supplies for survivors, I felt pride in knowing that the lessons he was learning would help him grow into a responsible and caring human being.

As parents it's our responsibility to make sure they always find their way. Sadly, in Duncan, three young men missed out on these lessons and stole a promising young life away from those who loved him. It isn't the guns that kill people; it's the heartless individuals who choose to selfishly wield them in their cowardly hands and play God. They're bleeding the lifeblood of our country away. It's past time for our president to address this social cancer. Until such time, my heart truly goes out to the family and friends of Christopher Lane.

Camille Olive, Galena, Mo.


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