When Ellie was in kindergarten she had her first lockdown drill. After Sandy Hook her school changed the location of the front office so every person who walks into the school has to pass through it. Entrances are locked all day. They mailed a letter about increased security, but didn’t specifically say, “we’re trying to keep your 5-10 year-old children from getting shot.” That is what they’re doing.
When I was in fourth grade I didn’t know what a shooter was. School doors were locked so kids wouldn’t skip, not so a murderer had to go through an extra step before killing us all.
I told Ellie to find a cupboard to hide in if there’s ever a shooter in her school. I told her to play dead if she hears shots. My biggest fear when I go to work every day is that I'll get a phone call or see a news story that her school was the most recent.
People talk a lot about their freedom and rights.
“It’s my right to own a gun.”
It’s my nine-year-olds’ right to get an education.
It's her right to not get shot when she goes to school.