This is terrible, and sad, especially for the children who witnessed it and will always wonder if they could have stopped it.
But please, don't fall into the trap of thinking this means the world is falling apart. This type of thing has always happened; the difference is that now we know about it. Thirty years ago, news of this kind of tragedy would NEVER have made it all the way from the UK to the whole of the US. In 1981, boy in my school set his house on fire and killed his entire family. He actually planned to rush back into the burning house and save them all so everyone would think he was a hero, but he got trapped and was severely burned himself. If that happened today, the whole world would know and we'd be having a debate about whether we should be raising money for his treatment or sticking him in a prison hospital and throwing away the key.
The world is far less violent today that at any time in human history, believe it or not. The media attention to violence might even be a big part of the reason for that-- but it also tends to make us think things are worse than they are.
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