You are sitting in your office during prep time, eating a quick snack and checking e-mails. Suddenly, out of the silence, you hear screams. Terrified screams.
Your heart leaps into your throat. In this day and age with all of the school shootings, you imagine the worse. Someone has a gun in your building.
You freeze. You don't know where the screams are coming from. Do you barricade yourself in your office? Do you try and make a quick getaway down the stairs that are across the hall? Has the unthinkable actually happened to your school? You wait for the unmistakable pop of gunshot.
Then you hear laughter. You calm down and realize that there is no threat and everything is safe.
This scenario happened to me today. My office is on the second floor of our three story building, directly across from the stairwell. Upon further investigation of this scenario I discovered that the students in the computer lab on the third floor directly above you are playing pranks on one another on the computers with scary Halloween stuff. All is fine.
All I could do is shake my head. Why is it that my first reaction upon hearing terrified screams is that there is someone with a gun in our building? It shouldn't be my first reaction but in this day and age, it is. As of four days ago, there have been 52 school shootings this year in this country. 52. That's roughly 1 1/2 shootings per week on average.
When is something going to be done about this?
Before I delve any further, let me say that I am a proud supporter of the 2nd amendment. I believe in the right to bear arms if you are a law abiding citizen. My family hunts and we fully have every intent of purchasing a handgun to eventually have for protection. All firearms in my house are locked away and the key's location will be known only to my husband and myself.
What I don't understand, though is why nothing is being done about this. So many politicians are raging against our current system yet few have done anything.
What I also don't understand is why it has to be so black and white. Many who support the second amendment feel that any restrictions take away their rights, therefore there shouldn't be any regulations. Many who don't support it feel that all guns should be banned. Neither is the answer.
As with anything nowadays, there needs to be middle ground. Guns do serve a purpose when used properly. Protection and for hunting are the major ones. However, we are required to have licenses and registration for cars, why are people so afraid of that for guns? I agree that guns are not the problem. People are the problem. But because people are the problem, we need to be open to regulations of the requirements of gun ownership.
I'm not going to dive anymore into the political side of this problem because honestly it shouldn't be political. Students (and teachers) should feel safe in the environment they spend the most time in other than home.
In reading this scenario, did your mind go to the same place mine did? I had a few colleagues who heard the screams that had the same reaction.
That is so messed up. Think about it. School shootings have become such a norm that hearing screams sends your mind there first. School shootings should not be a norm. They should be a rarity, even non-existent.
Something is wrong. Something needs to be done. We can't keep sticking our heads in the sand and wishing it goes away. Imagine your school or your child's school is next. Would you still hold the same beliefs?
I don't want to be scared anymore.
|School shootings since 2013. From vox.com|