What Names Can Mean

LivI got an upsetting call yesterday. It was my sister calling from Maryland to ask if my daughter was okay. It was 9 am here and I hadn’t turned on the radio or television. I didn’t know why she was asking me about Liv until she told me what she had heard on NPR about the shooting here in Sparks. ‘Did they say a Sparks Middle School or Sparks Middle School.’ We live in Sparks and my daughter goes to a Sparks Middle School, but not Sparks Middle School. In that instant name meant everything.

Chablis Grand Cru is made up of seven parcels of land that combined cover 247 acres of a single hillside. Between two of the parcels, Vaudesir and Les Preuses lies a small plot of land, La Moutonne. La Moutonne is not part of the Chablis Grand Cru, but because of where it lies, it is a name that will be put on the label. In Chablis, name means everything.

As was reported on national news, a 12 year old boy showed up to Sparks Middle School with a semi-automatic weapon and shot one child while threatening others. Michael Landsberry, a math teacher at the school confronted the boy. Because of his actions the other kids were able to get away with only one other child being shot. Unfortunately, Mr. Landsberry was not able to get away. He was killed. All that was in the national news. What hasn’t been in the news is that there is some movement in our community to rename the school. If the proposal goes through, it will no longer be Sparks Middle School, but Landsberry Middle School. To the kids of Sparks Middle School, that name means everything.

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4 comments on “What Names Can Mean

  1. Stefano says:

    I am incredibly relieved to hear that your daughter is safe and was not affected by the latest crazy shooting “incident”.
    As to what happened, I am perfectly aware of how divided people are on this issue and all the huge financial interests that are at play for the gun industry, but I think that as a citizen and a parent of a school-age child I would be much happier to hear that serious effort were finally made to pass legislation that would restrict access to guns and subject those that are already out there to local authorities’ supervision and their owners to background and sanity checks. Then by all means, let’s change the name of the school to honor yet another hero teacher who, much like in the case of Newtown, sacrificed his life to save those of his students, but I would rather see our schools keep their names because we actually did something to try to stop this madness and to keep our kids and their teachers alive and well. How many more will need to die in vain before we remind ourselves that we have a conscience and we should do something about it?

  2. foxress says:

    Stefano and Jeff, I don’t disagree with any of what you’ve said, however, out of respect for the memory of Mr. Landsberry I have moved your comments to a separate post above. Please feel free to post any comments of a political nature on ‘The Economics and Politics of Guns and Gun Control.’

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    A senseless act and a horrifying day. I can’t imagine your thoughts with that phone call. Meanwhile … good point … and peace & strength to all.

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