Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear an amazing woman speak. It was Loretta Claiborne, a woman who overcame incredible odds to become one of the most famous and decorated Special Olympians and an advocate for others facing challenges.
If you haven’t heard about her story of growing up in the projects of York before being introduced to competitive athletics through the Special Olympics, you’re missing out. She’s a great example of a Pennsylvanian doing good.
Here’s a little bit of her story, put together for the 1996 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs:
She spoke yesterday to elementary students in Milton, and she was incredibly positive. For someone who overcame such incredible odds, she was neither downtrodden nor haughty about her life.
I was truly impressed with her. And now I’m looking for the movie – Netflix here I come!
She also brought a great message about not bullying to the students, which is an important message to tell, especially today in schools.
The case has created a lot of reaction from across the board, including on The Daily Item’s Facebook page. Here’s a taste of that:
The consensus seems to be that poor parental supervision may be to blame in this situation – although I would say it can be so easy to overlook something that other people think is obvious if you’re busy and frazzled, such as when trying to take care of a house and at least two young children.
And only about 5 posts blaming “the media” – that’s a win in my book.
Anyway, you can read more at dailyitem.com, but the company that made the gun isn’t commenting until a full investigation is complete.
What’s your take on situation?Do we need stricter gun laws or was this just a tragic accident?