|A young girl reacts as police officers secure an area following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)|
Halloween turned truly terrifying for students and parents Tuesday when a driver went on a deadly rampage in front of several lower Manhattan schools — right as the afternoon bell rang.
Kids ran screaming down the sidewalk after the killer plowed his van into pedestrians and then emerged waving guns and shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
“Two women and a group of children — maybe 10 children — they’re running towards me. I hear one girls screaming, ‘Someone has a gun!’” said witness John Williams.
Frantic parents feared the worst as they waited to pick youngsters up from Independence Primary School.
Students from Stuyvesant High School and Borough of Manhattan Community College made it out of class in time to witness the carnage — bodies laying lifeless in the bike lane and victims were trapped inside a mangled school bus….
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Over the next few days, we will, once again, see the same pattern: mourning with prayer vigils with candles, the placement of flowers, balloons, and teddy bears — and whatever else.
And, of course, the intoning of “Islam is a religion of peace.”
Advice to accept the new normal and the mantra, “If you see something, say something.”
In other words, after a few days or maybe a week, a collective shrug.
But I, for one, cannot become inured to all this.
I refuse to become inured to all this.
I must not become inured to all this!
Because, if I do, I surrender my heritage as a Westerner.