This has been on my mind all week, and I need to share what’s on my heart. I don’t have political or gun debates on my page, and I’m not here to do this today. This goes much deeper.
This is a HUMAN conversation.
No once escapes this. Even if you don’t have a child in school, you may in the future or you’re an Aunt, Uncle, friend or teacher.
A frightening experience occurred last week at Tori’s school as a threat was called in and we’re all abundantly grateful everything turned out to be ok, all the students walked away and the threat wasn’t found to be credible. Unfortunately our kiddos didn’t know for about 30 minutes if there was an active shooter on the school property or if this was a hoax. Tori gave me permission to share her story and texts.
Tori was late to school that morning, and in the office getting a tardy slip as an announcement came over the loud speaker that “THE SCHOOL IS ON LOCKDOWN. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” The front office door was locked, lights turned off and she hid behind the from office desk along with the staff and a few lingering students. There was a parent who was trapped in the office as well and was a huge comfort to Tori and the other students. The students were quietly trying to call and text parents. Teachers in other classrooms were trying to quietly call or text while hiding under desks to gain knowledge from the outside as to what was going on.
It broke my heart that of all mornings my phone was turned off in a meeting. Tori was trying to reach me, and as soon as I powered back on a flood of frightening texts came in. I was able to reach her immediately and at this point an announcement had been made that the threat was clear. She was shaken and wanted to come home, but I had her remain at school. I couldn’t bring her home the next day, or the next. Or everyday next year of high school. I surround her with white light every morning and a prayer before she enters school, but what else can I do? What else can we all do?? This can’t be all. Again, I’m so grateful that I was able to hug Tori after school, but too many parents haven’t been as fortunate.#thoughtsandprayersarenotenough #parentsworstnightmare #daddylemonade