For years I have seen the aftermath of school shootings on the news. I sat sobbing watching the kids in Columbine. I’ve shed tears hearing of other shootings all over the country. Most of these school shootings were not in places we would stereotypically expect them; the inner city schools in the poor parts of towns in major cities. Many of these shootings were in affluent schools in small towns where the citizens never would have guessed it could happen to them.
We live in the midwest. We are hours from Detroit and hours from Chicago. But today I have school shootings on my mind.
I came home from school to an email from school superintendent. It was in regards to the high school. The high school that Justis attends. It said, “Today, your high school son or daughter has received a letter detailing information regarding a series of threats that were posted at the high school in reference to a high school administrator.”
According to Justis there were three notes found in the bathroom stating the principal will die on November 2nd. I’ve watched enough TV to know, no matter where you live, threats like these cannot be ignored. And, honestly, I’m scared.
The email continued on, “We have been diligently working with local law enforcement and in the upcoming days increased law enforcement and staff presence and vigilance will be apparent in our high school. We will have school every day this week and we encourage perfect attendance, cooperation, support and patience.”
In my head I know we can’t let these hoodlums win. We can’t let them know we’re afraid. But this is my child going to this school. I never thought there would be a day that I would see police officers in a school here in my community, let alone the school my children attend. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen here.
I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do yet. I really, really want to keep Justis home from school on Thursday. But I know that’s probably not the best thing to do. Police will be on campus all week, so, most likely, nothing will happen this week. But what about next week? Or the week after?
It’s probably just some stupid kids making statements they have no intention of backing up. However, we can’t just assume that. We need to be prepared. But how do you prepare your kids for something like this? I having enough trouble preparing myself.
The schools that my kids go to are all on the same campus. Different schools, but one large campus. The middle school, where Keaton is at, is just behind the high school. The elementary school, where Skyler & Spencer are at, is next to the middle school. The preschool Caleb attends is just a parking lot away. So every day from now to the end of the school year I have to worry that my kids are safe. And I don’t like worrying about their safety. I have knots in my stomach just typing about it now.
If you have any tips on how to prepare for a situation like this, I’d like to hear them. So share your knowledge, please.