The question is not what happened, but what is going to happen. What I have come to believe is that these children who do survive this monster storm will rise out of whatever life has given them and take up their tools and weapons and insist that "This will never happen to me again."
Suffering makes us strong. It enables us to do great things. People don't often like to admit that hardship and strife has a very positive human effect. That's because our modern nature seems to write suffering off the human map of experiences. We diligently try to take the pain out of childhood, try to mitigate the suffering from adolescence, and attempt to remove the strife from young adulthood all in the vain hope that without suffering the world would be a better place. Better perhaps, but infantile, and in the real world battle, unreal.
I once wrote a "could be right" column on spanking which can still be seen on the internet, and since, I have come to realize that the right to voice an opinion is always superseded by the idea that all pain is bad, especially pain that an adult issues to a child.
The All Pain is Bad Theory, especially where children are concerned, seems to mirror a very immature dreamscape social order. From TV it's certain that it's never supposed to hurt; and we aren't supposed to suffer or learn through painful experiences either as a nation or as individuals.
And if that's true, let's dull all the knives in the kitchen and take the heat elements from the stove. Let's de-claw the cat and file the teeth on the dog. Let's let obesity and tooth decay and heart trouble thrive because "we never say no to a child," or ourselves.
Children are perceptive little guys with all the human facilities that youth affords the creative mind. And there in lies the salvation of man - in the forming ideas in a child's head. "This will never happen to me again," is the look these children seem to be sharing.