On the morning of the kickoff to the largest Global Read Aloud yet. On the morning of what should have been a happy Monday, One where more than 2 million students would connect through the invisible threads of a read aloud. One where a global project kicked off that is focused on perspective, understanding, acceptance, kindness, empathy, and everything that is good about our world, we are instead faced with the news of another mass shooting.
Once again the largest in newer US history. And I spend my day in front of my computer not checking in on the Global Read Aloud, but instead seeing the death toll rise higher, the injured numbers climb, and the desperate pleas for someone to do something.
And we do; we send our thoughts and prayers, We donate our blood, and then we say to not make it political. That now is not the time for action out of respect for the tragedy.
And yet, tomorrow I will send my children to school knowing that they have to do active shooter drills in their classrooms so that they can be prepared for the worst.
And yet, I will ask my son about these drills and he will tell me that he did a great job being quiet mom, so the “bad guy can’t get me…” And I will smile and tell him good job but inside I will rage and tremble. This is my child, these are my most precious, and they are being taught to sit silently, hoping to not become victims.
And yet, I will go through training in my own district for what I can do to try to protect the very kids I teach. I will be told I have an option to fight or to hide, and that no one will fault me for making the wrong decision.
And I will tell my friends, who sit in my home nation of Denmark, that I am afraid again. That I am not sure this country is really sane anymore. That I am not sure I am really able to protect anyone because all it takes is one person with a weapon.
And yet, this is not the time to be political. So when is it? Because I am ready, because I am afraid, and I don’t want my children to have to wonder what will happen when they go to school, or a movie theater, or a mall, or a concert, or on a plane, or walk down the street.