Blog Post # 208 – Superman Down

The photo in my Facebook feed was very strange.

Batman standing over a little boy in a casket.

Action figures combined with flowers all around.

I asked my friend James, the person who posted the picture, what it was all about?

The little boy’s name was Jacob Hall.

He was six years old. He was in kindergarten.

A 14-year-old with a gun shot Jacob while he was playing on the playground during recess.

The shooting left Jacob “brain dead” and he was taken off life-support earlier this week.

Jacob’s mother asked all of the mourners to wear superhero costumes to little Jacob’s funeral.

And that they did.

Thor, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man served as pallbearers.

Jacob’s mother dressed as Robin, the boy wonder.

And little Jacob was buried in his Batman costume.

What a tragedy.

What sadness.

What a black mark on our society that we cannot fix this problem of angry people with guns.

This is not a political post.

Just a recognition of the humanity all around us.

The fragility of life.

Columbine, Sandy Hook, the Aurora movie theater.

A six year old boy getting shot on a playground while on recess.

This is not how things are supposed to be.

It is certainly too late for little Jacob.

But maybe we can save a few future superheroes from a similar tragic fate.

Superman and Wonder Woman – we need you now more than ever.