Twice, my son has attended the summer teen academy at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Both times, the first day’s activities were interrupted by a mass murder.
Last year, he started the Monday after Pulse. Deputies who were supposed to help kids understand the challenges and rewards of working in law enforcement were still reeling themselves from the bloody crime scene with 49 fatalities that they had encountered the day before.
Then this Monday, Sheriff Jerry Demings couldn’t attend the opening session with the teenagers as he was dealing with six dead people at the Fiamma complex in east Orange County.
When I was in high school, there was about one mass shooting a year in this country.
My 14-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter have lived through eight in the last year alone — two in their own backyard.
I am struggling with raising children in a mass-murder age.
And that is the time