This morning, my daughter’s high school received some sort of email threatening violence. As is protocol in our district, the police department came out in force. The children were asked to stay in their classrooms (“shelter in place”). Within an hour or so, the investigation was over and the students were able to go about their day.
As a parent, I’m fortunate that the high school principal is very communicative. I received a fairly timely email letting me know what was happening and then a second email letting me know that the coast was clear. Just another day in our life.
While all this was happening, I texted my daughter. She was completely unfazed by the police activity and the lingering threat. Let that really sink in. My child is so accustomed to threats, active shooter drills, lock-downs and everything that comes along with them, that she is completely numb to what’s going on around her.
This is what life in today’s world is like for kids. No expectation of safety anywhere – especially school. This breaks my heart into a million pieces. How can you really be a child when the thought of violence and death permeates your day to day existence?
I’m broken today. For my kids and everyone else’s kids. They all deserve better.