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    Rider #18: Wayne Prescott, Litchfield, Connecticut Library Media Specialist at New Milford High School
    Wayne Prescott
    Rider #18: Wayne Prescott, Litchfield, Connecticut
    Library Media Specialist at New Milford High School

    WHY I RIDE?

    I ride for the educators and students in Newtown, and every town, who wake up each morning and face the day with a smile. None of us will ever forget the terrible tragedy in Sandy Hook, a day when everyone got out of bed with that same smile on their faces. And in spite of the horror of that day, we all still do it, every day. This is defines us and who we are.

    As the events of December 14 unfolded, my high school went into lockdown. In the dark, sitting on the floor under desks and tables with dozens of students around me, one could hear a pin drop. With only erratic and sometimes unreliable information coming to us via social media on our personal devices, we wondered how something so evil and unthinkable could be carried out against such innocent children. We couldn’t share, discuss, comfort or filter the information out loud. We just sat, wondering and hoping. None of us ever want to be in that place again, but we all know it is in the realm of possibility unless we can motivate our society to undergo radical change.

    As an educator, I fully understand how the faculty and staff at SHS could do what they did in the face of such terror. They tried as best they could to keep that smile on, soften those fears, and in some cases give their lives to protect their students. I have no children of my own, but I have had thousands of students over my 20-year career I consider “my children” and I have some sense of those feelings parents have every day. Ironically, 2 of the riders on the SHRoW are a former student and his father, a fitting connection for me personally that puts the tragedy, and what I do every day as an educator, in perspective.

    To me, this ride is not a political statement or a challenge to the Second Amendment and the rights of responsible gun owners. This ride is about moving forward and keeping productive, intelligent, reasonable discourse on the table. As responsible citizens, we all have a common goal of making our country a safer, stronger and more supportive place for our children, in spite of any reasonable philosophical or political differences we may have. For this, I ride with pride and honor.

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    Wayne Prescott's Cycling Record at USA Cycling

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:54:30 AM PDT

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