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WATWB: Getting to the Bottom of School Shootings


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If we want to get to the underlying issues behind school shootings, we need to look deeper. What causes a young man to kill innocent students and teachers? Scarlet Lewis believes it has a lot to do with anger. I agree.

In 2012, Scarlett’s six year old son Jesse was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with 19 classmates and six educators.

“Scarlett realized this violent act started with an angry thought in the young man’s head that was responsible for the mass shooting. She also understood that an angry thought can be changed.”   Choose Love Movement Website

In response to her son’s death, Scarlett created the Choose Love Movement. I’m sharing about Choose Love today because we so desperately need prevention programs like this one. Choose Love teaches Social and Emotional Learning helping individuals to replace angry thoughts with loving thoughts.

I commend Scarlett Lewis and Choose Love for their continuing mission.

For more information, please watch the short video and visit the website.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “WATWB: Getting to the Bottom of School Shootings

  1. Scarlett has a heart full of love and forgiveness. Thanks for sharing Choose Love Foundation with us.

  2. There have to be multiple reasons for this phenomenon. I just wonder how many of the perpetrators have been on long-term medication.

    • I agree about the multiple reasons and so, we need to approach this from multiple directions. Long term problems are not easy to fix, but we need to look more closely at that. Thanks for you thoughts, Derrick.

  3. A wonderful message and initiative from Scarlett, aimed at working towards global peace.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Writer In Transit

  4. Scarlett is an amazing woman. I admire how she has transformed herself and the view on violence. Thanks for reminding us JoAnna.

  5. To overcome this terrible loss and then to work to build the good.

  6. To turn a tragedy into a situation where you think beyond your own grief and help others is a true gift.

  7. To forgive the horrifying act and to choose to love is indeed awe-inspiring!

  8. Indeed “love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). Love is important for us to forgive and move on and that’s why Jesus instructed us to love Jehovah with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).

  9. Thank you for sharing about this incredible women’s courage. I am a teacher and I was teaching first grade at the time of the Sandy Hook tragedy. I have to admit, I am not as strong as Scarlett, I choose love but I am still so angry. We need real change and reform. We need to let teachers teach and not focus on ridiculous testing. Don’t give us guns to shoot our children, give us the resources to help these children not grow us with so much fear and hate.

    • I agree 100%. Teachers and students absolutely need more resources and more support. And the test thing is ridiculous. Thank you for sharing this experience and need. And thank you for being there for students. Take care!

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