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The Relentless School Nurse: Two Uniquely American Experiences Baseball and Gun Violence

Gun violence abruptly ended a Nationals vs Padres baseball game on Saturday night at the Washington, DC stadium. Families attending the summer evening baseball game ran for their lives or hid under the stadium seats as they scrambled to find safety in the chaos. Farris Nunn, an 8 year old girl was among the families enjoying the game when gun shots rang out. This is what she told a reporter at the scene:

Farris Nunn, age 8

“It was my second shooting, so I was kind of prepared.” – Farris Nunn, age 8

The words of 8 year old Farris Nunn should be a wake-up call to every person in this country who cares about children. We can never normalize children being “prepared” to witness gun violence. In fact, we should do everything in our power to protect our children from violence of all kinds. We cannot become numb to the impact of exposure to violence on children. There are lifelong consequences to exposure to traumatic events.

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