“Did you hear?” It was a question whispered repeatedly this afternoon as teachers passed each other in the hallway. Often, it was accompanied by teary eyes.

The horrendous school shooting today brought such a solemnity to a Friday. We couldn’t discuss it easily because of being around the students.

But in the back of your mind, you wonder, “What if…what would I do? Could I be able to do anything? Would I have time to react?”

And I do have ‘plans’. Of course, there is the regular school plan. But for my classroom, I have more ‘plans’. A few things in place to make defending my ‘kids’ more than just crouching in a corner and praying. I can’t plan for every eventuality…but I try. I will do everything possible to protect those children.

And dear God…those parents of the children who died. I cannot imagine. Cannot.

And as BR texted me earlier today when he had heard of the Connecticut shooting:

“…realization that you are probably almost certainly in a more dangerous work environment than I…”

Why are we leaving our most innocent so vulnerable?

8 Responses to “Whispers”

  1. diamond dave Says:

    I’ve become so numb to these mass shootings that I don’t even find myself reacting very much to them anymore.

    That is, until today.

    Hug your kids. Hug your grandkids. Hug your nieces and nephews. And hug your friends’ and neighbors’ kids, if they’ll let you. Because the kids that were murdered in that classroom represent all our kids.

  2. Rita Says:

    Your post makes me imagine those fire alarm systems with extinguishers that say, “Break in case of fire”.

    I know people will think I’m extreme, but we should have those in schools. But instead of a fire extinguisher, there should be an fully loaded automatic weapon where the school employees have the keys to access the only method to stop crazed lunatics as quickly as possible.

  3. pam Says:

    My thoughts went to you when I heard. Like Dave, this one hit me hard. All those babies. :(

    Teachers who want to should be armed, or at the very least there should be an armed observer stationed at the school for protection… like air marshalls.

    It kills me to read about babies who were murdered, but also the teacher who died shielding her students with her body. There was no need for any of them to die yesterday.

  4. LC Aggie Sith Says:

    Why are we leaving our most innocent so vulnerable?

    How can we expect the society to place value on children, when society places so little value on the unborn? Cheapening Life itself teaches others to have no respect for it, and that goes for politicians, too.

    I have to wonder why “gun free zones” are considered a good thing to some people.

  5. Quality Weenie Says:

    Michigan passed a law, just on friday (freaking coincidence) that now allows carry in schools, churches, etc (gun free zones) if you have extra training.

    At the least arm the janitors and send them through extra training and background checks. Why spend extra money posting a guard at every school when there are already people in place who would volunteer for that duty.

    Oh and yes, libs in Michigan are freaking the hell out, with Right to Work law passing and now carry in gun free zones and taxing pensions (MI was only one of 5 states who didn’t do that). There was actually an article claiming that Michigan is becoming a southern state with RTW and guns everywhere. I took it as a compliment, he didn’t mean it that way.

  6. Jess Says:

    If you allow lunatics to murder children with guns, it’s much easier to sway people into believing the guns are the problem. After that, you just have to figure out how to get them to load in the rail cars.

  7. Da Goddess Says:

    I’ve been praying for you and all the teachers I know since this happened. I just had no words to offer and felt silly trying to form them. Now, I can’t NOT say something to let you know how much you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    Schools should be the safe haven for our children. That they’re turning into contained war zones hurts my heart. Our teachers should feel safe and free to teach our kids without worrying about more than fire drills, earthquake/tornado/hurricane drills…and without worry of offending the delicate sensibilities of the PC police.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Mrs Who, and I will continue to pray for you and all our teachers and students.

    Much love!

  8. Peter Says:

    A high school friend of mine is a blue state high school teacher now. He called me, wishing me a Merry Christmas and, during the conversation, he asked about a small, yet effective firearm he could wear as his six inch barreled, six shot .357 house gun is too big to hide.

    I doubt his blue state legislature will allow it but this is one teacher that will protect “his” kids, or die trying. Legal? No. Right and proper? Yes.

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