The images of parents running toward their children as SWAT teams swarm an elementary school in Texas bring back a flood of emotions nearly 10 years after 20 first-graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Scarlett Lewis lost her son, Jesse, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, and she says the emotions are still fresh. When another school shooting happens like what happened Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, she is forced to relive the emotions all over again.
“Devastation because I know exactly what those parents are going through, and you bring your child to school with a book bag, and they leave in a body bag,” Lewis said. “It’s not the way it should be. It’s not the way it has to be!”
Lewis started the Choose Love Movement in honor of her son. She created programming that she hopes will reduce school violence.
“I have been shouting from the rooftops for 10 years that we need to focus our resources — that is time energy, and money — at the root cause of school violence,” she said.