EDITORIAL: Call for calm in wake of tragedy

Don't let panic prevail in wake of tragic double-stabbing in Abbotsford.

Tuesday’s inexplicable double stabbing at an Abbotsford high school has left a community heartbroken, horrified and fearful.

One teen is dead, another remains in hospital and families throughout the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and all of B.C. are searching, all too helplessly, for answers.

But as tragic and terrifying as the attack was to all – from those directly affected to the community at large – it is imperative that panic is not allowed to prevail.

The fact is, such incidents are not the norm. They are, by far, the exception.

And while that is small comfort to those who experienced this nightmare or any other, and will forever live with its repercussions – from the families of the victims, to the students who witnessed or were targeted, to school staff who intervened and restrained the unknown assailant – it is a reality that cannot be lost.

The reality is schools – like other areas where strangers gather en masse – are, by and large, safe places. Specifically, schools are places of learning, growth and friendship, where lifelong memories are formed and future paths are charted.

Sadly, random, senseless acts can happen anywhere – the incident in Abbotsford is inarguable proof of that, as was the deadly shooting rampage at Washington’s Cascade Mall in September and other violent incidents over the years that have shocked the world – but they are impossible to predict.

And while we must prepare as best as possible for emergencies of all kinds, we cannot allow our daily activities to be determined by an expectation that tragedy can strike at any moment.

Yes, our youth – as must individuals of all ages – need to be aware what to do in event of emergency. But we can’t allow them to focus on chance tragedies, dictating their every move and thought.

Now is the time for discussion, in every classroom in the province, and every home and every office.

We must be prepared, but we must talk through this to ensure we don’t become fixated solely on our tragedies.

Life is, quite simply, too short.

Just Posted

Trail-cam thief unaware they’re on camera

Anyone recognizing the thief urged to contact Abbotsford Police Department

Sumas Mountain vs. Fishtrap; Rd 3 voting opens in best-park bracket

Voting continues in ongoing bracket to determine Abbotsford’s favourite park

Abbotsford police cruiser t-bones civilian vehicle en route to emergency call

South Fraser Way and Gladwin blocked off as police conduct investigation

Matsqui Trail vs. Bateman/Stoney Crk; Rd 3 voting opens in best-park bracket

Voting continues in ongoing bracket to determine Abbotsford’s favourite park

Trudeau to meet with U.K. and Japanese prime ministers ahead of G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, this year’s G7 host, has little expectations of a unified front from the leaders

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Orangeville Northmen take Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre

Swept best-of-five series 3-0 over Victoria Shamrocks

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Most Read