Yesterday, when Book Boy was giving us the usual school day report at dinner, he mentioned that they’d had a tornado drill. In fact, he said, they actually had two different drills. One was the usual tornado drill that we all remember, where the kids go out in the hallway and sit with their arms over their heads.
And the other drill?
It was, as BB told us, “what to do if a bad guy gets in school and tries to get us.” He said that the teacher turned the light off and the kids stood under the row of cubby shelves against the wall nearest the door. This, he explained was because the cubbies are along the same wall as the classroom door and it would be hardest for the “bad guy” to see them if he looked in the window in the classroom door.
Now, I realize that it’s just the world we live in, etc. etc. etc. And I realize that school shootings are rare, despite the fact that when they happen they’re splashed all over the news. And of course I’m glad that BB’s school has thought about this and has a plan.
But it makes me really, really sad (and a little mad) that my first grader has to know that there’s a possibility that a “bad guy” could conceivably get into his school and try to hurt him and his classmates. I just don’t think he should have to worry about things like that.
Anybody else have kids who’ve had a “bad guy” drill at school? How did you feel about? How did THEY feel about it?