There was a lot of bad news today. There was the terrorist bombing, “unsuccessful” as it was, of an NAACP office in Colorado. There was bad legislation coming out of Congress, but we’ll have to get used to that for a couple of years. There was the horrific murder of satirical journalist in France. These were accompanied by hashtags and internet memes and the usual stuff that accompanies news events these days.
But I’ll tell you what we didn’t see. We didn’t see any of the following twitter trends:
We didn’t see a school shooting. But it could have been different.
This morning a school employee encountered a man in camo pants wearing a hoodie and carrying a gun near a school in my neighborhood. It’s not my kids’ school but we know several kids who do go there, one of whom is probably Harry’s best friend. In fact I’m certain she is. The gunman made some kind of threat against the school and took off. The employee, probably thankful to be alive, called the police.
Police were dispersed around the districts schools, which were put into lockdown. Buses were diverted, and the word went out. We parents received the message that we all have dreaded everyday we’ve sent out kids off to school since Marysville-Pilchuck and Sandy Hook and Columbine and far, far too many schools whose names live in infamy.
“Your child’s school is on lockdown.” Initially it was for police activity, which could mean anything and isn’t necessarily related to the school. But in this case, it was.
The school district, the police, the teachers all responded admirably, and I’m thankful that a tragedy was averted. I’ll have more to say about this later, but for now, I’m going to leave it there for tonight.