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The Dark Knight Rises, Dark Night shootings

****I saw it yesterday!  We got Showcase Cinema club passes to see this movie two days early FOR FREE!  I feel like a rock star!  Any spoilers are published in comments.  And there are LOTS of spoilers.  I loved this movie!  It was light, loud, and there were NO CELL PHONES.  I'm tellin' you, you've gotta see movies this way.  The side aisles were populated with cinema managers with night-vision binoculars looking at the audience.  If anybody so much as checked the time with their cell phones they would be kicked out and charged with attempted piracy.  It was the movie with the level of light pollution of the 90s.  NONE.  I loved it.

The movie is fun, but not for young children.  Some genius brought a 4-year-old.  It takes all kinds.  My little one was terrified of the storm cells that have been dumping rain and lightening on Eastern Massachusetts.  I can't imagine what guns, tanks, the bat bike, and other loud weapons would do to her dreams.

To become a Showcase Cinema insider, click here. There are other perks, all of which help stretch a teacher's entertainment budget. 

Dark Night 
  My prayers go out to the people of Denver and Aurora as they process the mass murder of a dozen citizens at the premier of The Dark Knight Rises.  The murders were very dramatic, so dramatic that they were tied to an action scene in a blockbuster movie.  This kind of scene is reminiscent of school shootings from the past decade.   I'm so disturbed by this.  This could have been us.  

So many thoughts are running through my mind now.  Our governor, Deval Patrick, is closing Taunton State Mental Hospital.  Do we really have fewer people who need in-patient care?  Do we really need families to travel even more to visit their relatives.  Without as much contact with family, will our mentally ill brethren get better any faster?  Evidently, this shooter was studying biological reasons for mental illness, what was his illness?  Should he have been an in-patient?  No doubt, somebody dropped the ball on this man's mental health.  

Right now the police are figuring out how to get through the booby trap on the shooter's apartment.  Dozens of others are in critical condition or otherwise in the hospital.  

As a teacher of little children, it's very difficult to explain what a "lock down" is for.  These drills are for madmen with guns in the building.  How do you explain that to a toddler?  How do you explain that to a first grader?   How on earth can we explain this world to our students?  One of my first jobs was at a little school in Maine.  After I moved to Massachusetts, I was watching the national news and the top story was about a mad gunman in my old school who held the entire building hostage for over two hours.  What is this world coming to?  We need drills for bombs, drills for gunmen, drills for regional disasters, plans for the unimaginable.  Meanwhile, fear of people with mental illness and prejudice against them grows with each crime scene.  We aren't doing our society any favors by releasing so many people who are not capable of self-care and not safe to themselves and others. 

I welcome your thoughts on this rant.


Suzanne G. said…
Stuff I loved to find out before the rest of the world...
1. Little Polly Pureheart is a villain. I knew it!
2. Robin! So awesome it was him.
3. Cat Woman! Will they have a bat baby by the next movie?
4. Bane isn't so so bad after all.

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