"There is no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."Nelson Mandela had that so right, and our counselor at the elementary school in which I teach attaches that powerful quotation to his email.
"Innocents Lost" is the theme of the articles recently published in the Herald, and it is shocking and reprehensible that our state has ignored our innocents.
I have had the privilege of touching children's lives as an educator in our county for 19 years and have seen the amount of under-supported children increase, so am keenly aware of the problem.
As a society, we have no choice other than to pay attention to our children and to protect them in any way possible.
In addition, a question: What about those children who truly had no voice, the ones who had not yet been born and whose lives were taken away before they could live on their own?
It is not OK! It is not acceptable to turn our heads and act as if these tragedies haven't happened.
We can make a difference. First, ask yourself (and I will do the same), "What can I do to protect the innocents before they are lost?"
Second, act on that answer.
Our society's future and best treasure, our children, our innocents, are depending on us.