Remembering the Dawson College shooting – and the importance of education.
Souvenirs de la tuerie de 2006 au Collège Dawson, rappelant l'importance de l'éducation.
By / Par Ronit Yarosky, Mountain Lake PBS.
That’s me, in the blue shirt with my hands up in the air, escaping Dawson College, my shoes stained with blood from jumping over a body.
Ten years ago, September 13, 2006.
I remember looking out one of the big windows in my office and saying to my colleague (in the green shirt) “Hey, why is there a cop behind that tree with a gun??” – and then realizing that there were cops with guns hiding behind every tree. And cops in the hallways in riot gear, screaming at us to ‘get back inside and keep the door closed’.
My children were in school and daycare, and my husband who worked for Air Canada was on a plane en route to India. I had no idea when – if – I’d get out. I called the schools, put people on stand-by to pick up the kids, called the airline so they could get a message to my husband via the pilot. And sat under my desk, away from the windows and hidden from the locked door, to wait until we could be evacuated.
Sadly, nobody yet has the recipe to cure violence. But we all know that one of the key ingredients to curing violence is education, and Mountain Lake PBS is part of North America’s largest classroom, opening windows to the world.
We know you love Mountain Lake PBS for its outstanding programming. But PBS goes far beyond the screen.
Your support of Mountain Lake PBS ensures that our children are exposed to positive social and emotional behaviours; helps prepare children for success in school and life; helps bring the world to more children from low-income families; and ensures that we are the #1 place where people look for arts and cultural programming.
Education and the arts are critical building blocks in the lives of our children and youth. Your gift to Mountain Lake PBS is a gift to your children, and their future.
“Growing up, I felt despair. But you can turn on the television and see a beautiful world that gives you hope that you can make it”.
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Today we remember Anastasia DeSousa, and the countless victims of senseless violence everywhere. To borrow from the inspirational Malala Yousefzai: “With guns you can shoot terrorists. But with education, you can kill terrorism”.
Please give now – to education, to our future, to our children, and to the memory of those whose lives must not be forgotten.
Thank you for your support.
Merci de votre appui.