Friday, May 22, 2009

Sad.

In October, a Bloomington police deputy was killed in a traffic accident.  She was directing traffic on a very busy road, when a 16 year old girl accidentally hit and killed her.  She was young - in her twenties - and a newlywed, married for only a few months.  It was - and still is - a terrible tragedy.  The teenager who hit the deputy wasn't under the influence of drugs or alcohol, nor was she speeding.  It was a terrible, terrible accident.

That girl - I'll call her A - goes to the high school I work at, and her younger sister - I'll call her B - is on my caseload.  I have seen the effect this accident had on B.  Ever since then, she has understandably had several issues.  Her grades have gone down tremendously.  She has problems sleeping, going sometimes for days without rest and then sleeping for a day straight.  She is only a freshman in high school.

I saw her this morning for an end-of-semester chit chat.  She told me that her family is moving away from Bloomington in a few weeks.  Apparently, ever since the accident in October, her family, especially her sister A, has been harrassed quite a bit.  There are abundant comments on the Herald Times website (our local paper) saying things like, A should be executed!  Her parents should be referred to Child Protective Services!  And on, and on, and on.

I am really heartbroken.  I would not wish this situation on anyone.  It seems as though the community is so quick to judge, and so harsh in their judgement.  In reality, a tragedy so accidental could happen to any of us, any day of the week, when we leave the house.   A is only sixteen, and she has to live for the rest of her life knowing that she took a life - albeit accidental.  Isn't that punishment enough?  

Now, this family has been forced away from their home.  They are even moving out of state, just for the hope that they will be able to start fresh.

I wish her and her family all the best.  As I said, I wouldn't wish this situation on anyone - this is the rare time in which nobody wins.  

14 comments:

Lucky in Love said...

What an awful situation! It is really too bad that people can be so cruel to others. Especially in this case where a child is involved and it was clearly an accident that (exactly what you said) could happen to anyone.

Maybe this move will help all of them though. I truly hope it does...

Ms. Attitude said...

Oh that's just awful! Accidents happen. Guilt is punishment enough.

Kelly said...

That is terrible. I agree that A has to live with this the rest of her life now. That is very hard. I know it's harder on the officer's family but what a terrible situation. I hope they get the fresh start they are looking for. :(

katie said...

oh dear! how tragic.

Taryn said...

That is really sad. For the both parties. sad.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

That's rough, I hope they can get their lives back together.

The Northerner said...

What a sad story :(

Jenn said...

your job can really be rough :( this is so sad!

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That's so sad...
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Mrs. Hibit said...

What a heartbreaking story. That family's life will never be the same...I hope the move brings them some sort of peace.

Mel said...

It's just horrible that people are jumping over someone that was not under the influence and it truly was an accident.

Lets hope the move really does the trrick.

Pretty Personal Gifts said...

What a sad sad story.

Abbie said...

Something similar just happened in our town. It's sad how people can get so up in arms about something that was truly an accident. It's tragic.

kilax said...

Oh my goodness. Those poor girls. I cannot even fathom the guilt she must feel. Wow. I hope the best for them in the new town. Maybe that is the only solution? :(