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August 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Prevent school shootings: We all have a role to play in increasing compassion

I feel a deep sense of compassion for Scarlett Lewis, the mother who lost her 6-year-old son in the Sandy Hook school shooting [“Compassion seen as way to eliminate ‘epidemic of anger’ in schools,” Local News, Aug. 12].

I do not however agree that teaching compassion in our schools would prevent further incidence of violence. Why? Because it’ll be too late.

We know that humans are born compassionate and studies have shown toddlers demonstrating compassion for each other. What happens to that innate compassion? Are parents at fault? Is society at fault? Is it compassionate to care about the homeless, the sick in need of compensated health care or the hungry in need of subsidized meals?

We all have a very big role to play in embracing compassion. We must understand compassion before we can teach it — we must live compassionately in our individual lives for it to make any difference at all.

Barbara Caceres, Kent

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