How many Jonesboros, how many Springfields, how many Heath High Schools, how many Columbine High Schools will it take before we recog- nize that we have abandoned our children at the doors of our public schools across the country? This country has truly left its children aside, or behind, or out of mind, until one or more of them reacts with startling violence to remind us...they will not be forgotten -- not without memories that scar survivors and parents -- to remind us that each person (so our Constitution says) is important, that each individual life, and pursuit of happiness within (so our Constitution says) is valuable. How do we address the epidemic of violence (a phrase our Pres- ident was loathe to admit) that is sweeping out country? We seem so willing to send cruise missiles on virtually blind missions to kill terrorists in foreign countries (costing billions of dollars per launch), and so unwilling to spend a few millions to save children at risk in our own country. What does this say about us as a culture?