, Salem, MA


December 26, 2012

Letter: Be kind to one another


The 28 people who were killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School were people’s kids, their cousins, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews (among others). These family members must now go on without them.

I have yet to meet Jack (my sister, brother in-law and Jack live in London, England), but I can’t imagine life without this hours-old human being. My heart has grown immensely since hearing about his birth, and I won’t even meet him for several months. However, I know that I will do anything for him. So for Jack, and for all of the lives that just started on Dec. 14, 2012, I will do my best (through this piece and through acts of kindness) to ensure that something like this never happens again.

I know that Jack will one day learn of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Conn., as he was being welcomed into the world. My hope, however, is that such mass shootings are unthinkable to Jack because none will ever occur again during his lifetime. Just as I learned about unimaginable acts, such as slavery and segregation through history lessons, this is my hope for Jack, that mass shootings are history.

Sarah Champigny


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