Harsh Realities, Life is Short
Last Saturday night four young teens were out and about in a community just south of where I live. Their parents had dropped them at the mall, and the four had taken a bus to a downtown area. This is near the beach, and near rivers and canals. There are bridges and piers and fishing areas and most importantly there are trains. Trains that travel across trestle bridges are dangerous……..and sadly these teens found this out.
The four were walking along the tracks, across the bridge and a train approached. One teen made it to the other side, people on the docks yelled out for the girls to jump, not a huge distance down, but they did not do that. The train blared his horn………people in their homes heard it, and still the girls were on the tracks. In a horrific accident the three teen girls were killed, their bodies under the train, the newspaper and TV news giving sparse but enough details to imagine the gruesome scene.
The teens were students at a local middle school.
I can’t imagine the devastation these parents must be feeling. Can you imagine your child making an innocent choice to buck authority and go where they are not permitted? Can you imagine that choice resulting in such tragedy? It’s so awful. The community is reeling, they are asking a million questions, certainly many are blaming themselves.
This has opened up dialogues in schools and homes, discussions on where your kids are, not lying about where they are going or with whom. Many are hugging their kids tighter, happy they are safe.
This last picture was taken two days after the accident, a flock of birds over the bridge. The picture is beautiful, serene and yet haunting in a way to me.
Life is fleeting…………hold your loved ones close, and be safe.
photos from the Florida Today website.