“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?