By Mary Shehadey
Since Grandaughter Christie told us, we’ve been unable to think of anything but Lee, a friend in her tight six-member middle school group. The kids bonded in advance placement classes, sports, social media and all things middle school
What a star-spangled boy, attracting attention with a sparkling personality, dazzling smile and black hair, from Greek and Korean parents. Ah, but that was 2019 – on October 24, 2020, his dev-astated parents buried their vibrant, full-of-promise 14 year-old son.
It wasn’t the COVID virus, but rather California’s response to it that killed this child. The lockdown struck the fatal blow. A child of work-ing parents, he faced alone the loss of classes, friend and teammates. Without movies, church, parks or malls, the computer and loneliness be-came his only companions.
It’s said it takes a village to raise a child but what if the village turns a deaf ear to the cries for help? When this beautiful child could no longer bear his grim, shrink-ing world, he chose suicide—the only way to stop the pain.
It also left a gaping hole in his peer group. How many other teens will make, or have made, similar tragic decisions?
His parents must cope with the heartbreak of losing their son as well as their dreams fo him. Hundreds of other Califor-nians have also dealt with their teenagers’ suicides.
We are told this lethal lockdown is to protect us “for our own good.” How do we explain states and coun-tries that never locked down? My Missouri rela-tives emailed videos of children at school, playing on volleyball and soccer teams, in plays, marching bands and just being kids.
What caused this mass self-incarceration of California citizens? Governor Gavin Newsom and the one-party legislature, which puts no restrictions on edicts. We are asked to believe science dictates the mandates; but it’s difficult to confirm the virus is more dangerous in small stores, restaurants and gym than in Target, Costco or even violent protests. Local restaurants, victims of the Governor’s power trip, struggle to survive, serving meals in parking lots, reduced to selling produce, becoming reluctant drive-through businesses supplying ‘to go’ to former dine-in patrons. The economic damage to owners, employees and city economies staggers the mind.
Inside dining must not be dangerous because our pious Governor attended a lavish party at the exclusive French Laundry Restaurant in the wine country, not social distancing, nor wearing a mask. Did that spark the successful recall petition?
If the governor would deign to speak to a lowly citizen like me, I would plead for the children cur-rently enduring inhumane, d e s p i c a b l e conditions. I would express my opinion that shutdowns are arbitrary based on in levels of vaccination and lowering hospitalizations and fatalities. I would beg he consider that the danger from COVID are isolation, job loss, poverty, depression, abuse, obesity and alcoholism. Daily, we learn of new COVID cases. Let’s also hear about those suffer-ing and dying, not from COVID, but from efforts to suppress it.
C’mon Gavin, open up the state. Disneyland is open on the east coast and all over the world. Do we really have inside information that says it’s not safe? Open the churches. We are guaranteed freedom to worship—open them! Have you noticed our unemployment rate is 15%? Other states enjoy a booming economy because they did not shut down.
PLEASE! Free our children! Open our schools! We notice your children are in school. Put all children ahead of greedy unions. Let us speak freely, politically correct or not. Free us from tyranny, loosen the choke chain and let us breath, live and learn. Let our people go!