10 years ago today, on May 2, 2001, our community was stunned by news that John Battaglia had shot and killed his daughters, Faith (9) and Liberty (6). Former Bradfield Elementary classmates will no doubt remember their sweet friends and wonder what the girls would be like today at ages 16 and 19. I’ll be thinking about their mother, Mary Jean Pearle.
As parents we teach our children to “do unto others” and all that. So how do we explain, no matter how justified, why Americans are seen on every channel cheering in the streets over news that Osama bin Laden has been killed? My 7 year old son understands that bin Laden is a really bad man, responsible for 9/11 and more but said, “They shouldn’t kill people or cheer because he died.” And I’m speechless.