This morning, 20 miles away from my home, there was a shooting at a middle school. In a town where you’d never expect it. Isn’t this news story becoming a little too common?
These events always break my heart. But the feeling you have when it happens this close to home? Indescribable. I work at the elementary school that my boys attend. Lockdown drills in schools are just as common these days as tornado drills. Practicing for those is never easy. Whispering to my coworkers today in the hallways about the latest updates from this school so close to us made my stomach turn. Listening to the parents on the news trying to get ahold of their children almost broke me. I had conversations with my good friends today about what would happen if we had to put ourselves between an active shooter & our students. What would our own families do without us because our job is to protect the kids in our building? This is what your children’s teachers are discussing on their lunch breaks. Think about that the next time you talk about teachers getting summers off or how they “complain” about not being paid enough.
Talk is cheap, people. It’s time to advocate for our babies. Clearly, we haven’t done enough. You can send thoughts & prayers to these people while you get on the phone with a law maker. Support your children’s teachers & administrators. I should’ve never had to talk to my 10 year olds today about which house I want them to run to if they have to run away from an active shooter at school. It makes me MAD that I even had to.
A science class full of 12 year old kids experienced all of our worst nightmares today. Days away from summer break...what kids that age LIVE for. We are failing our kids by not doing things to change the world we are raising them in. Kids should be allowed to be kids. And parents shouldn’t have to be scared to let them BE KIDS.
Tonight, my boys asked for easy Mac & toast for dinner. The laziest mom meal in all the land, but that’s what they had. They played with a ball at the table, made fart noises & burped a lot. Normally these things make me crazy. Today? They are some of the things I’m most grateful for. Praying that our anger leads to action.❤