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Editorial: Take part in discussions on violence
Sunday, December 23, 2012
It is time to talk.
That is why the Martinsville-Henry County Ministerial Association is leading an effort to bring area residents together to discuss issues such as preventing violence, mental health and bullying in the schools. The effort began with a prayer vigil on Thursday, and it will continue with the first in a series of monthly meetings at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School.
This effort is the result of the Dec. 14 shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The ministerial association organized area leaders to begin the process of looking at how such a thing could happen and, most importantly, how can it be prevented from happening here.
This community is no stranger to violence, but we are not aware of any previous organized, community-wide effort to say “enough,” to acknowledge that violence should not be accepted, to try and help those who are vulnerable, and to try and help those at risk of becoming violent. It appears that it took something of the magnitude of the Sandy Hook shootings to start that conversation.
We appreciate the ministerial association taking the lead on this issue, and we hope people from throughout the community will join in the effort to make this area safer. If nothing else, we owe our children that.