Like most Americans, I don’t like to recall the horror we all witnessed when violence at Columbine High School shattered our faith in the sanctity of school and the boundless hope of youth.

Nor do I wish to repeat my initial reaction, also shared by many, which was: How can we secure our children’s safety at school? More guards, stronger locks, video monitoring systems in the halls and classrooms, guns available for teachers to fight back?

No. From the calm perspective of time, I now believe that even if we could turn schools into impenetrable fortresses, we would snuff out the lightness, freedom and trust so essential for children to breathe.

The massacre at Columbine last year scarred the heart of our entire nation. Recent media coverage has largely re-opened the wound. Instead of helping to transform and resolve our collective pain, the press replays the old battle scenes, the...

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