I believe this Monday considerable numbers of children have returned to school with parents and teachers concerned for the long term mental health of the poor things.
Whilst I can sympathise with the parents of these traumatised children I think it might be useful to put it properly into perspective and the only other comparison I can think of is the ordeal suffered by children during the Blitz in World War Two.
I saw a couple of articles on the subject, the first concerned Joan Sprigg who lied about her age and said she was a couple of months older as she needed to be 16 to join the Air Raid Precautions (ARP).
She was based in a school in Birmingham which was equipped to deal with the casualties from the air raids which sometimes went on for 13 hours, her task was to administer first aid.
She said, “we had a lot of dead who we used to lay out in the playground, there were ever so many dead, it was horrendous, quite horrendous.”
On another occasion 600 people were buried alive when a German 1000 lb bomb dropped at Hallville Junior School in London’s East End.
The school was crowded with people waiting to be evacuated to the safety of the countryside, most of the dead were never recovered and the crater was filled in while the official death toll was given as 77, I imagine it may have been considerably more.
I think the trauma allegedly suffered by today’s pupils who have had to endure a few months off school at home playing on their play stations, compared to the two previous examples of the horrors of war seems to pale into insignificance.