We can place blame and pretend these children are dead because the people we entrusted them to — parents, relatives, foster parents, judges, DCF, social workers, neighbors, teachers, churches, lawyers, ER workers — made mistakes in judgment, had poor organizational philosophies, or committed actual murder.
But the reality is that these children are dead because we all turned a blind eye to a broken society and system that does not value the lives of its most vulnerable.
While we weren’t looking, we were spending billions of dollars on arenas, stadiums, highways, ports, parks, potholes, prisons and God knows what else, and we let 477 children die.
While we didn’t volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem or Big Brother, Big Sister or sports coach, 477 children died.
The value of one life is inestimable, particularly when it’s our own kids. Multiply that number by 477. Then go look in the mirror. If we didn’t help, we should all be ashamed.
Frank DeLaurier, Coral Gables