It’s often said that, “Family violence is everybody’s business”- in response to when too many people say, “It’s none of your business,” or “Mind your own business,” about what’s going on behind closed doors.
Here’s a horrendously tragic example why it must be everybody’s business.
Sunday evening Spencer Hight, 32, suddenly appeared at his recently divorced ex-wife’s home in Plano, where she had invited numerous friends over for a cookout, to watch the Sunday night Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants football game. After an argument ensued outside between him and his ex-wife, Meredith, he followed her into her house, suddenly produced a rifle and began shooting.
Before a Plano policeman could arrive and end the gunman’s life, Hight shot and killed seven people, including Meredith, 27. Two more seriously-injured party guests were taken to the hospital. One died Monday.
The rampage occurred one day short of six years since their Sept. 11, 2011 marriage. Meredith had filed for divorce in July and the party was also said to be a celebration of her new life as a single woman, according to witnesses.
Although there is not yet any evidence that Hight had been causing his wife any trouble since their divorce, if there was such evidence, then everybody there needed to know it to protect themselves. Unfortunately too many people keep family violence a secret, and then killings like this one take place because nobody knew how serious the situation was.