There's been a string of ugly events in my town. Friend **Naomi** blames the economy, and we can infer more ugly is coming.
Monday Morning Crisis Quarterback |
Things started out slowly enough. A car accident right around Thanksgiving killed an elementary student, and the responsible team was dispatched to help that school and its parents, children and staff, as well as a neighboring elementary school where the student attended....
In January, a student at one of our high schools collapsed in the hallway outside of his gym class and died. This is huge. This is, to a school, what a line of duty death is for first responders, and it hit the school and community hard.
That same week, a student at another high school was found unconscious in a snow bank in the next town over. Her boyfriend had allegedly hit her over the head with a hammer. She died a week later.
Two weeks later, a mom at one school who worked in the lunch program at another failed to pick up her child from after school childcare. She was found dead in her apartment, allegedly strangled by her boyfriend.
The next day, a student jumped off an overpass headfirst onto the highway. By this point, there truly was no team fully available to respond. Despite having 30 trained CISM responders and dividing the responsibility, we were all burnt out. We called for mutual aid from the county, and we asked ourselves what on earth was going on.
Our city has a homicide rate of less than one per year, but there had been two domestic violence homicides in two three weeks. Our schools have two big tragedies a year, and we had had four in less than a month.
And it wasn't just a bad run for our school district. The county team began responding to suicides in the community and trauma in neighboring school districts at an increased clip as well. What could account for the feeling that our county had suddenly stepped into a black hole?
My answer is simple. To quote Bill Clinton, it's the economy, stupid.