While we don't have all the details yet of what led the killer to take a gun to an elementary school and shoot young, defenseless children, we are hearing some familiar details. The shooter was smart and socially awkward. Once again, our gifted teens are going to be looked at with some suspicion, as though they might be the next one to go to a rampage at a school.
As if it weren't hard enough to help our children cope with such a tragedy, we might also have to help our teens cope with the references to this smart kid with problems. It's not that we don't want to understand what happened, what led this young man to commit such a horrendous act, but pointing out how smart he was isn't really helping us to understand, unless the suggestion is that being smart can lead a person to commit mass murder.
But that's really a conversation for another day. For now we really must help our children, particularly our young, emotionally sensitive ones, come to terms with this tragedy. And we must keep the families and friends of those who died in our hearts and our prayers.