I’m not going to say today:
I’m so sorry for your loss
I’m so sorry for the families that have suffered
I’m so sorry for the children
I am going to say today:
We need to get off our assess and do something . . . Now!
We need to advocate for OUR children, they’re all our children
We need to lobby our Congressman
We need to lobby our Senator and Representatives
We need to go to the Hill and scream WE ARE DONE WITH THIS!
I’m not going to tell another parent I am so sorry for your loss at school today.
Every single one of us that attended school, we should be pissed off at what is happening in our schools today, what is happening to our children, what’s happening to our communities.
We cannot accept this as Normal . . . anymore
We must Act on Behalf of our children
As a former teacher, I remember going through the Lock-Downs and Live-Shooting drills being a stressful event in itself, for those moments you need to be in a different mindset – in defense, not thinking about your project that you were working on just before you heard the alarm.
I taught Preschool a few years ago, I would look around in the students’ faces to make sure none were in any panic stage. We would huddle in the corner of the classroom, the room is dark and quiet, with just the ticking of the school clock. You must remain silent until your area is checked, waiting for the “check” was nerve-wracking not only for myself but for the older preschoolers that have been through the drills many times before.
If you want to get a little taste of what your child goes through in their daily school life, I feel the schools should have a parent’s night at the beginning of the school year. An event where it’s just the parents, they can get “just a taste” of the drills their children go through during the school year. Maybe, there are some schools that are already doing this, if that’s the case – WOO HOO! Parents need to have an understanding – maybe it will motivate action.
We need to do better than just watching the evening news – shaking our heads at the appalling event, talking to our friends family and coworkers about the disgusting situation. But, most of us leave it there. Well, we need to pick it up from here, go forward, educate ourselves on how to Advocate for our Children in this arena and hit the ground running . . . all the way to The Hill screaming, we’re done with this!
If anyone out there in the Southeastern Connecticut region wants to educate a community of keeping schools safe for Children Advocators – reach out to me @ firstname.lastname@example.org, let’s connect.
I would be interested in your thoughts on this matter and if you have any ideas on the Advocacy of School Safety for our children please post them – Let’s start a community.