Texas school shooting evokes memories of Sandy Hook massacre | Hartford Hospital



May 24, 2022

Less than a week after a mass shooting in Buffalo, 18 students and a teacher were shot and killed by an 18-year-old gunman at a Texas elementary school — a massacre called the worst school shooting since Sandy Hook nearly a decade ago. Across the country, people barely had time to process the massacre at a Buffalo supermarket in which a 20-year-old shot and killed 10 people. For Connecticut residents, Tuesday’s shooting brings back memories of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students and a teacher were murdered by an 18-year-old gunman. While a nation’s collective grief is bad enough, with shooting after shooting happening before there’s even time to process them, Connecticut residents relive the awful day in Sandy Hook through footage of a similar calamity, nearly a decade ago. later and 2,000 miles away in Uvalde, Texas. “It hurts, it hurts after pain, pain after pain, sadness after sadness, it’s almost hard to find ways to express how much it hurts,” says Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCP, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Network’s Institute of Living psychiatrist-in-chief and Hartford Hospital chair of psychiatry. “It’s deep, it’s raw, and even if we think it’s not there, it’s going to affect us in some way.” The similarities between the Texas, Sandy Hook, and Buffalo shootings are eerily similar—young white men, with access to guns, a social media footprint, and hatred most of us can’t comprehend. While many people want to focus on why this incident happened, what drives someone to murder 18 innocent second, third and fourth graders and one teacher, and the similarities of mass shootings that have happened time and again, Sukhera said it’s time is for the question. “There’s an endless number of why we keep asking,” he said. “I would encourage people to take their thinking away from the why and focus on the how instead. How can we stop this? What can we do? How can we exert influence so that innocent children do not have to die like this?”

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