STAGE OF LIFE       Share Your Story       Coupons       Education Resources
Sign Up Now!

My thoughts on Newtown: Why someone could shoot innocent people.

Joined: 1/8/2013
Posts: 1
“How could somebody do that?” Of course nobody could answer Tiffany’s question that day in our junior literature class. My classmates and I stared at the walls in silence mulling over the tragic deaths of Sandy Hook Elementary. That night on the news I saw the face of the shooter. He had a long face, bulging darting eyes, and thin lips pressed in a tight line. It was like he could see right through me.
I was disgusted. My initial thought was that he looked like a shooter. He struck me as the type who could hurt little children; however, the longer I stared at the picture the deeper I saw. Below the surface of a “school shooter”, the boy looked lonely. He looked like an outcast who was uncomfortable in his own skin. The news said he didn’t have any friends. Nobody probably even talked to him. What if someone had befriend him? Maybe December 14th, would have just been another mundane day full of crayons and recess for those children. Put yourself in the shooter’s shoes and maybe you can understand why he did the unfathomable. Perhaps then, in the future when you see a lonely face you will say hello.
Can you imagine living your life trapped behind a window looking in? It’s a sad thought. You would watch as the rest of the world chatted, heartily laughed, and pleasantly lived without you, while not even noticing your absence.
You are exiled because you were rejected. Nobody meets your gaze. Nobody strikes up a conversation with you. Nobody even bothers to learn your name. You’re like a wandering ghost. This rejection is like a bite whose venom furrows into your body eating until there nothing left except loneliness. There is no one there to see the pain in your eyes or hug you when they see your shoulders curled in defeat. There isn’t a friend in the world to pick you up when you have obviously fallen. If only somebody cared.
Beneath this loneliness is a brewing of hatred towards these people who think they are better than you. These are the happy people, who don’t feel the fraction of the pain, the depression, the loneliness that you carry on your shoulders every day. Maybe they should feel some of the pain you do. It would only be fair.
You can’t look at yourself in the mirror. You’re eyes are dark and pit less. You’re sickening. You don’t deserve to live, but before you go, you want something…
Emotions are raging: jealousy, anger, but underneath mostly sadness and longing. “If only” is buried beneath white fury. It’s the girl who turned you down. It’s the boys who snicker. It’s the pictures of yet another party you weren’t invited to. It’s everything that they have and you don’t. It’s the excuses to pull out a gun and shoot them.
Maybe then they will know your name.
Rate this:
Comment by Dylan_Burnell

Joined: 1/9/2013
Posts: 51
Amazing imagery . But i Think a lot of the problem is the media. What did that man have against those kids? maybe he felt that they were taking all of his mother's love . but i think the reason he killed those people was to make a name for himself. The media makes it extremely popular and makes a person infamous. most people can't name 1 or 2 victims of these shooting but I'll bet my next paycheck that if i walked up to somebody who heard of the shooting and asked them what they thought of adam lanza they would know who I'm talking about. or James Holmes. the person who killed all those people in the theater. If the media stopped glorifying it people would stop going on mass murdering rampages and "off themselves" in the comfort of their own homes. yes suicide isn't a solution, however people are always willing to help out . there is counseling and medication. It probobly didnt help that in this particular case the man had a mental illness.

it is just a matter of how the story is told.
Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 3:22:03 PM
Rate this:
Comment by seamstressofwords

Joined: 12/7/2012
Posts: 87

My name is Laura and I'm an intern at Stage of Life. I wanted to thank you for submitting your story to our "Where Do We Go After Newtown" writing contest, but more importunately, I want to congratulate you on being selected by our Editors as an essay finalist!

Watch this page for when we announce the winner.

Feel free to share this on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or any other site you use. Share your accomplishment with the world!

Thanks for sharing your story on

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:06:53 PM
Rate this:

About StageofLife.comAbout Us: is a free blogging and writing community for high school students that allows teens the opportunity to share their personal stories and essays in an online life journal via their free Stage of Life account.  Check out our national Teen Trend Reports, and make sure to explore the writing contests for high school students, inspirational videos for teens, statistics about students, quotes about high school, and other resources about High School here on  Register to start your free writing profile, share an essay about your life, and help us change the world, one story at a time.  If you are a teacher - review our Language Arts Teaching Resources.

Writing Contest Archive - Students

Writing Contests and Teen Trend Reports Student Writing Contests

Below you will find all of the monthly writing contests and teen trend reports from the last five years hosted by  Our dedication to digital literacy efforts have reached over 1,000,000 students and teachers in the last half decade, received mention on, and features in the news.  Feel free to click through and read the top essay submissions from any given month. is honored to be one of the most-visited writing contests for students in the world.  We love working with you as we celebrate the journey as life-long readers and writers...

2015 Writing Contests

2014 Writing Contests

 2013 Writing Contests

2012 Writing Contests

2011 Writing Contests

 2010 Writing Contests

Stage of Life Mission Statement

Find Us on Facebook      Follow Us on Twitter     Read our Founder's Blog is an education-based, grassroots, non-partisan, free blogging community with a mission support digital literacy by making the world a better place, one story, essay, and blog at a time.  Stage of Life users (teens, college students, Millennials, Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers) can share and archive their life stories via their Stage of Life profile page.  Specialized content includes literacy resources, free lesson plans, writing prompts for Language Arts teachers, monthly writing contests for high school students (and older generations), student blogging initiatives, blog directories, and financial literacy tools - including Life Rewards® - our free discount program for all Stage of Life users, readers and writers dedicated to providing printable coupons and coupon codes tailored towards each stage of life.

Terms of Service and Privacy