Parents Who Lost Children in School Shootings Find Comfort in a Group No One Wants to Join

In November 2018, TIME Magazine profiled parents across the US who have lost children in school shootings.

“An invisible network of… threads connects hundreds of grieving parents across America. The connection is not formal. There is no organizational structure, no listserv, no roster of names. But their bond is strong enough that they often describe themselves—glibly but also in earnest—as “the club.” There is only one criterion for membership: you sent a child to school one day and then never saw them again because of a bullet, leaving you with pain, loss and perhaps even other shattered children. “It’s a club you spend your whole life hoping you won’t ever become a part of,” says Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan, 6, was killed in the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. “But once you’re in, you’re in.”

Read full story here: http://time.com/longform/school-shooting-parents/