“Give me a child until he is seven and I’ll show you the man” is a maxim attributed to St Francis Xavier and there is obviously some truth in that. Children are very impressionable. They learn from adults and even older children.
This week we saw yet another terrible shooting, when twenty children died at a school in Connecticut. The name of the town will be burnt into people’s memories. In the UK, we remember similar incidents such as Hungerford and Dunblane. Whenever children die needlessly it is not only frightening, but tragic.