Grade Expectations: My Daughter’s School Went On Emergency Lockdown And I Barely Survived

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I don’t know what would possess a person to run into a school with a gun as they’re trying to escape the law. At the same time, I don’t know what would possess a person to rob a gun store, so I’m not going to be able to explain these criminals’ point of views. However, I am thankful that my daughter and her classmates were kept safe and away from the dangerous situation playing out in their neighborhood.

For what it’s worth, the 18-year-old boy turned himself in to the police the next day. He did not hurt anyone while trying to escape the police that day. But there was absolutely no way for anyone to know what might happen in a situation like that.

I’ve always known that the emergency lockdown procedure was there. I’ve even helped out during the drills a couple times while volunteering at the school. I’ve never, ever considered that my daughter and her classmates might actually need to put the drill in place for hours on end.

I’ve always felt very involved and connected to my daughter’s school. My mother teachers there. I know every employee by name. I’ve spent more than a couple summer days laying around my parent’s pool with most of them. I volunteer. I send frequent emails to my daughter’s teachers.

Last week, it didn’t matter how close I felt to that school. It didn’t matter how many names I knew. I realized the level of trust I need to have in my child’s teachers. I realized just how out-of-my-hands everything is once she steps on the bus. At that point, even the most basic act of keeping my little girl safe falls to someone else, someone other than me. The helplessness I felt that day was terrifying, but also a bit of a wake up call.

We were lucky last week. None of the students were injured. Everyone was kept safe from a very real threat. The protocol was effective and the students were fine. In fact, since the incident happened the day after Veteran’s Day, plenty of students remarked that they weren’t scared at all. They had just learned all about the brave men and women who keep our country safe. They all knew that soldiers, or other heroes like police officers and firefighters, wouldn’t let a thing happen to them. For the kids, the entire mess seemed like a bit of a game. Unfortunately, the parents waiting for the “All Clear” weren’t able to be quite so calm and trusting. We could just be happy that everything turned out okay.

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