The shooting in Charlottesville, Virginia, where many people were hurt, demonstrated a missing piece of compassion for others. At Social Justice Humanitas Academy, the teachers help remind students to place themselves in others' shoes.
By Alejandro Cintora
Roughly a week ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, a band of white supremacists conducted a rally when the situation suddenly turned into a national tragedy. A white nationalist took action by ramming his vehicle into a plethora of peaceful protesters, killing one and injuring many more in the process. At this point in time, these types of horrific events should cease to exist in our diverse and free society that the new generation is working their hardest to create.
The driver of the car lacked compassion and empathy for other humans to the point where he was willing to commit murder due to his hate for a certain people. The driver was a part of Vanguard America, a white nationalist group following and believing in the same policies as the Nazi movement during World War II. The driver was later arrested and is currently held in custody awaiting trial.
His name is of no importance because it would be defeat Humanitas' purpose to give a person the notoriety he had hoped when committing his violent crimes. These occurrences are the ones we are educated at Humanitas to avoid. Humanitas teaches its students value love, empathy, and respect for one another in hopes of a non-violent and progressive community.
Principal Jose Navarro expressed a few words concerning the topic and the repercussions it would bring. Navarro claimed the act carried out in Charlottesville was the work of someone who lacked compassion for other humans. As a result, teachers at Social Justice Humanitas Academy make sure to always remind their students to put themselves in the place of others when they interact with anyone else, anywhere else. Mr. Navarro continued by stating that people's sisters, brothers, cousins, mothers, fathers die when there are people out in the world with these values absent in their hearts. This proved true with the unfortunate death of Heather Heyer, undoubtedly a loved one for many others. That is why Social Justice Humanitas Academy exists and serves its students to better the community they live in with their beliefs, their will, and their lives.