Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Last Tuesday morning Marshall County High School should have been a typical school day. There should have been teenaged voices in the halls and sophomores and juniors scurrying off to class. But instead, at 7:57, shots rang out and struck 20 students. Two 15-year olds were killed and 18 others wounded. Families are grieving the loss of their children and a community is torn by violence. So how do we respond? It needs to be said that it's not time for scoring political points or proposing legislation. Instead it’s a time for a community to come together and offer compassion to those who are hurting. This means we offer a shoulder to cry on or just being there. It's also a time for prayer and seeking our Creator in the time of our greatest need and pain.