Wayland Massachusetts is one of those places where everyone knows everyone. Reeling from the news that a promising young man like Nathaniel Fujita, a recent Wayland High School graduate, would stand accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and fellow graduate, Lauren Astley, the community is struggling. Wayland’s Jewish community also shares the community’s profound sadness with many members knowing one or both of the families impacted by the homicide.
While devastated, we – as a community – must now look ahead. Both teen and adult abusers rely on silence, fear, and ignorance. Education and awareness are powerful tools to offer to teens, parents, educators, counselors, and youth advisors.