When you started school (think back to being in kindergarten) – I’m willing to bet that your parents said “school is a safe place, your teachers are safe adults.”
Most kids only worried about trading their carrots for someones pudding cup. Or if they were going to go to the playground after school – no child ever thought “today could be the last day of my life”.
If you ask parents now what they say to their kids before going to school, “be careful, remember I love you.”
Imagine saying “be careful”? School is supposed to be safe a place, teachers go to school to educate our kids, to have fun, expose them to new things, new concepts not to be doing lock down drills, not to be a literal human shield. Of course our teachers will jump in front flying bullets without thinking twice, but that shouldn’t be the case. Their spouses shouldn’t be afraid when they kiss them good-bye in the morning that it could be the last moment they share together.
So what’s it going to take to get something done around here? Seriously, how many kids need to die in order for the laws to be changed – for people to be protected, for our KIDS to be protected, innocent kids who love openly, accept everyone and love unconditionally.
This isn’t a Democratic or Republican issue, this is a common sense issue.
The NRA is the enemy here, the NRA is at fault, their hands are covered in blood. Now before you say, “Emily, lets just put retired police officers in schools.” OR “if our teachers are armed this won’t keep happening.”
Well, I got news for you, kids who are under the age of 21 can still get ahold of alcohol and in Florida where the most recent shooting happened there was a police officer there, with a gun, but he didn’t go in. Maybe he was scared, maybe he thought it was a hoax, maybe he didn’t get the call in time. I don’t know, I haven’t talked to him – but with someone with training and a weapon for protection he didn’t go running in – so your argument doesn’t hold up – and please don’t say “that’s one guy”.
I want action, I want something to be done, something should have been done a long time ago, but there’s no community immune from it. No area is 110% safe, the first question i ask when I look at schools for our kids is “what is your school shooter policy?” I want to know what they will do to protect my kids and what their plan is.
I have a kid in school, I have more friends who are teachers than in any other profession and I want them to go in not worrying they won’t come back out.
Lets do something, before another life is lost.