Opinion: One of the principals of this primary school at the end of the year

As a school principal, I have seen my fair share of student showcases. Last week, when our students performed the song “When I Grow Up” from the musical “Matilda”, it was different.

In front of a sold-out crowd of family, staff and friends, they performed with humility, confidence and enthusiasm. After more than five months of rehearsals and an unwavering commitment that could not stop the covids or quarantines, their young faces really lit up the stage. I was overwhelmed by the sight of my students, from all walks of life, singing and serving with real laughter and joy. I have seen such beauty. Such innocence. So much hope.

I feel an overwhelming grief for American children who will not grow up because of the horrific gun violence. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, firearms-related injuries are now the leading cause of death in children and adolescents.

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