Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 20, 2012

Letter: School killings can haunt a generation


The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

My name is Alexandra Stoetzel and I am a songwriter and singer who grew up in Andover. I also teach private voice and piano lessons. I am 27 years old and I live in Newton. I wrote the following after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I think it represents how a lot of my generation feels.

I never thought I’d be a teacher. When I became a teacher, I never thought I’d enjoy it. When I started to enjoy it, I still never thought I’d really care about it. And even when I began to care I still didn’t think it would alter my views on life. But it has, and I feel that today more than I’ve ever felt it before.

We live in a world of me. My Life, My Career, My Ideas, My Needs, My Desires. The truth is, it is not our life. It is life and we are just a part of it. We have one purpose, to provide the next generation with a greater, richer life than the one we stand in now.

Right now my generation stands on the stage of life. Lights on, curtains up. We grew up in the age of Columbine. It was tragic, but we had no control, no power. We did not run the world. We now have control. We now have responsibility.

School killings are useless. They cause undying suffering to many people and families. But they also cause a suffering that is not tangible. A suffering that has undoubtable haunted my generation, and will now unfortunately and regrettably haunt the next one as well.

Alexandra Stoetzel

Andover native

Newton, Mass.