I’m going to vote in a little while. I’m going to walk by the line of your supporters and campaign staff and I’m going to ask each person one question.
Not about taxes or eminent domain or abortion or Iraq or health care. Are they important issues to me? Of course. But there’s one issue that kept me up last night.
When I asked my five year old son how his day at kindergarten went yesterday, he cupped his hands over his mouth and yelled “This school is in Lockdown! This is a drill.”
He then proceeded to tell me what the procedures are to keep the students from getting shot. My baby boy. Then my eleven year old son piped in with their more sophisticated procedures—they’re not always together as a class and there’s a much higher chance the shooter is one of them.
WTF is wrong with this country? Why can’t people raise decent kids anymore? And why the hell are adults shooting children? WTF WTF WTF.
So my question to each campaign worker is…What is your candidate willing to do to ensure that my sons never hear “This school is in Lockdown…” without hearing “this is only a drill”?
ai yi yi, a couple of weeks ago, I pick up my 11 year old son from school and he calmly informs me that a boy was arrested for having a gun. At school.
I gape at him and say WHAT? He said that there were cops everywhere on campus blah blah and that a 7th grader was arrested for bringing a gun to school. Me, still with mouth gaping.
I yank up my phone and call hubby to ask if he’s heard anything about it. He hangs up, calls school. School tells him no, that didn’t happen. He calls back. I look at son, knowing this child isn’t the type to just make up shit. So I ask him to relate to me exactly what happened and who he heard this from etc. He said his history teacher told the class what had happened. And he also said there were cops all over the campus. So I pick up the phone (all while trying to pick up my other two children from different campuses)
I get the school secretary who tells me, no that didn’t happen. So I say, ok then WHY did my son’s history teacher tell the entire class this happened and why were the cops all over campus and WHY weren’t parents notified? So she transfers me to the principal who then says somewhat uneasily, well, there was a “threat” but there wasn’t an actual gun, and yes, there were cops on campus to assess the threat.
Oh and when I pick up my other two children (3rd grader and 1st grader) they inform me they had a lockdown drill complete with an acting out of a stranger coming to the classroom, the teacher locking the door and the kids all hiding underneath their desks.
Yeah, I feel real good about sending my kids to public schools at the moment….