December 14, 2012 is a day that holds a sad place in my heart. This is the day of the Sandy Hook tragedy. I can remember sitting there glued to the tv. Blake was in kindergarten, Colby was in Pre-K. This horrific incident happened in an elementary school. It happened in a kindergarten classroom. How? Why?
I can remember thinking we tell children all the time school is a safe place. You are safe here. We tell this to children who are dealing with so much crazy in their lives outside of school. We tell this to children when they are harming each other. This is a safe place, we don’t hurt people here…. we help them.
It got me thinking about the teacher my son had in kindergarten… would she protect him? What would he have done in this situation? Would he know to hide and keep quiet? Would he run?
I thought about the fact that even though I wasn’t teaching at the time, I’m still a teacher. What would I have done? Would I have kept a level head and been able to keep my kids safe? Would I have put my own life on the line to protect my students? Would anyone have come help me?
While I didn’t have all the answers, I do know now that many more thing have been put into place to help with these situations. My children have gone through many, many, many lock down drills. We have talked about what to do if you are outside a classroom during a lock down. We have talked about why there are these drills. It isn’t to scare them, but to make them aware.
Life sucks…. things happen. But how you react and deal with what happens show the true you. To answer some of the questions above…. I know Blake’s teacher on a much more personal level now having been her co-worker and someone I’d consider a friend… I know she would do anything and everything to protect her students (any good teacher would think that way). I know that if if was my own classroom I would switch into “go” mode and get things done and protect my kiddos in anyway that I could.
The kindergartners who passes away during this tragedy would be 6th graders now. They would be tweens, just like Blake. Those teachers, administrators and other school personnel would have touched the lives of so many other children. But, we need them to know… we remember.
So thank a teacher today. Hug your children a bit harder. Reach out and say thank you, or I love you, or I forgive you. Just remember that today is a gift…. treat it as such