After the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, certain conspiracy theories have popped up across the Internet which is to be expected. It always happens. But, I’ve noticed that some are concentrating on the father’s facial reaction at a press conference after his daughter’s death, which displays a nasty assumption on their part.
The father smiled at one point. Have the folks behind this video never lost anyone close? A person left behind goes into shock. The first time I lost someone close, I smiled a few times. After his death, I still expected to hear the sound of his motorcycle’s engine while pulling up front; then his footsteps running up the stairs two at a time. It would all be a bad joke. A really bad joke. I laughed inappropriately in between fits of sobbing. We are all different but our minds and bodies cope with grief in different ways . We lived on the top two floors of an apartment-ish building. Sounds from outside carried in. Whenever I heard the sound of a motorcycle, I was sure it was him. I had forgotten that I carried a certain moniker: widow. That can’t be. I was too young. I was still in love. So, for months I would look outside the window every single time I heard that familiar sound. And sometimes I smiled. Inappropriately.
But as a parent it must be worse. You’re a parent for life. There is no ‘in love’ or ‘divorce.’ A parent is always supposed to be a parent.
The father of the young child is too young. Any parent is. A child should outlive their parents. America in the most part, saw that press conference. The video creator takes issue with Dad reading from his notes. I’m sure Dad never expected to have to give an interview in front of countless media cameras, with the world watching, all because his little girl was shot dead.
Leave the grieving father alone. Does anyone believe — really believe — that a man would allow someone to kill his little girl simply to implement gun control?
I’ve noticed conspiracies flying on Twitter and other sites. It’s not pretty. Get your head our of your ass. Have some respect for the families left behind. I’m sure they’re suffering from Survivor’s guilt as it is. Don’t add to their grief.
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