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Dawson Tragedy Impacts Knowlton Children
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A simple memorial and call for peace by Knowlton youngsters as their simple white fence decoration was a lovlely tribute to the victims of the recent violence in Montreal.

The senseless shootings at Dawson College by a disturbed young man made us appreciate the fact that we lived far from the violence occuring in larger cities and towns. We were always appalled when hearing of such unfathomable acts of violence but when they occur in one of our nearby Cegeps it makes us stop and think. Of course, we would like to shield our children from learning about such disturbing and horriffic acts and seeing pictures of such tradgedies but it seems that even our young children, in today's world connected by a hyper-accelerated network of communications, are becoming exposed to these events almost as fast as they happen.

In front of the Saint Edward school in Knowlton, the children covered the fence with ribbons after the Montreal shootings. Obviousely the sad event in Montreal affected even the youngsters of Knowlton and the ribbons on the fence were a poignant reminder of the hope that exists in our kids. The children tied a "peace" sign and the words PAIX in a tribute to the victims of the shooting.

Living in such peacful areas as Knowlton and the Eastern Townships allows us to feel a sense of security and neighbourhood that doesn't always exist in the over-populated areas of many cities. Still, with the infiltration of television and the Internet into our homes, it is impossible to remain completely buffered from the crime and despair that often make up the news of the day.

The events of September 13th, when a man shot 19 people and killed one, at the downtown Montreal Dawson College, forces us to try and explain an often unexplainable world to our young children. It is never easy but as we learn more about the disturbed condition of the person responsible for the shooting it is clear the importance of family communication given the often evil state of the modern world.

Seeing the simple memorial, made by the young students of the Knowlton school, was indeed touching.

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