I keep saying, “there are no words” but evidently they are because this is the second blog post I’ve written about the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT. The first could probably be classified as misplaced anger at the media for interviewing children on the scene. For the record, I still mean every word I said, but I’m not sure it matters.
Locally, there’s a healthy discussion about safety over on the Horry County Schools Facebook page. Are your children protected enough? Should we go to a system where there is one door open with an armed guard standing at it? Someone else suggested a volunteer squad of dads and granddads patrolling the schools during all operating hours. Others in my social circles are admitting to thinking more and more about homeschooling. I’m the first to tell you I don’t think home school is the right fit for me, but I’ve talked about it more with my husband than ever this weekend.
I wasn’t thrilled today when someone shared the terrible news about what happened with one of my children after working to keep her blissfully unaware. Together we had a talk about how it’s so very unlikely that anything like this would happen in her school and that she’s safe. Yet still, tonight I’m the one worrying. I guess statistics only help so much when you’ve put yourself in the emotional shoes of mothers without their little ones who merely went to school on Friday.
I keep wanting to say something like my thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved, but that just doesn’t seem meaningful enough. So while I have words, the rights ones are beyond my grasp.
As a parent of an Horry County Schools student, do you feel like there is enough being done to keep our kids safe? Do you have suggestions that would bolster security?
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