Let’s Frighten All The Children
Yesterday afternoon the grandson came home from school and burst into tears, sobbing that he and his Mom had to work out a plan to deal with armed intruders or else they would be killed.
Once we got him calmed down, the story unfolded. Seems his school had held an “Armed Intruder Drill”, of all things. When the announcement came over the loudspeaker their teacher locked the door and closed the blinds, telling the children to stay seated, put their heads down to reduce the chances of being shot in the head and above all, to keep absolutely still – no talking, no noise at all.
After a few minutes they could hear screams from the other rooms, the sound of what they took to be simulated gunfire and then someone pounded loudly on their classroom door, waited a moment and then pounded again. Some of the children screamed, and some began sobbing. These are 10 and 11 year-old kids, for hell’s sakes.
After an all clear the teacher called out the children who had screamed and reprimanded them, saying their cries could have attracted the intruder and everyone in the room might have been killed because they weren’t quiet enough. Apparently it is never too early to teach children that being a victim is their own damn fault.
How many fire drills at his school so far this year? None. How many earthquake drills at his school so far this year? None. So you just know what happened last night, we had a 5.6 quake, pretty good rumble and shake but very little damage. Grandson had real trouble getting off to sleep.
Daughter went in to see the principle today, announced that her visit was not a drill but an actual complaint from a pissed off parent and he needed to sit quietly until she was finished – which he wisely did. The explanation was that this is a district-wide “safety initiative”, reason being that some risk assessment people decided in light of the Virginia Tech shooting that our school district would be less liable for lawsuit if they had a drill.
Chances of a child being assaulted or killed by an intruder at school? Dunno, maybe A Million to One? Chances of these children being traumatized for life from needless fear? One. Hundred. Percent. I am so angry right now, and feeling impotent and frustrated. Next school board meeting there will be some hell raised, for all the good it will do.
We have an elightened, well-funded, well-run school system and still, fear rules all. What is wrong with these people?