The top of CNN’s website says “It Hurts So Much.” At this point, we all know that 49 innocent people were killed in the early hours of Sunday, June 12. We know that one reckless individual, who professed allegiance to ISIS, walked into a nightclub affiliated with LGBT and started shooting.
What we might not have are questions through which we can facilitate meaningful conversations with students or, in fact, anybody.
If you come across this blog post months from now, after some of the pain has hopefully eased, here is a link to a New York Times article describing this tragedy:
- If you were the King of America for a day and could do any one thing to prevent these kinds of human-caused tragedies from occurring again, what would you do? Why? It has been widely reported that the shooter was a Muslim. Do you think that for security purposes the United States government should make it more difficult for non-citizen Muslims to enter the United States than non-Muslims? Why/why not? Do you think that this is a racist question? Why/why not?
- What would be the best way to memorialize the people who were killed in this nightclub so that they are never forgotten? As examples, see the 9/11 Memorial, Oklahoma City (Bombing) National Museum and Memorial, and the Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial.
- If you were a newspaper journalist, what three questions would you want answers to about this tragedy? Why would you want these answers? If you were mayor of Orlando, what three questions would you want answered? Why would you want these answers? If there are differences among these three questions, why are the questions different?
- Do you think there will ever be a time when people can live harmoniously with one another? Why/why not? Even if you do not think that this can occur, do you agree that people should continue to strive for this? Why/why not? What can you, as a single individual, do to promote a time when people will live harmoniously? How would this help? Do you want to do this? Why/why not?