Teachers and students go to school every day planning what they’d do in a mass shooting

Teachers and students go to school every day planning what they’d do in a mass shooting

Following the slaughter of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, teachers and school staff around the country started speaking up on social media about their experiences preparing for a mass shooter to come to their school. Because this is the United States of America in 2022: Teachers and students alike have had to think about what they will do if someone bent on mass murder comes to their school with assault weapons and body armor. Where will they hide? Who will they text with what might be their last words?

“We had our first post-Covid assembly last week to honor and recognize all that we had missed over the past few years,” Missoula, Montana, teacher Matt Keenan told NBC News. “While I should have been paying attention and celebrating, the entire time I was monitoring entry/exit points, keeping an eye on students with backpacks milling around the side walls of the gym, and running through active shooter scenarios in my head.”

“All day I have been imagining what I would do if someone came into my room with a gun today,” a California teacher said. “Would I get them to safety in time? Would they see each other die? Get shot? Would they see me die or get shot?”

What they don’t tell you is teachers are told in training that they have to lock out any of their students who are out of the classroom, *out of the classroom*. Even if they beg and bang on the door. Because there could be a shooter using them to access your classroom.

— Erin Hahn is writing another romance (@erinhahn_author) May 24, 2022

I work in a school. We have active shooter drills all the time. We “know” what to do. I’m sure they practiced in Texas too. I’m sure the kids & their teachers “knew” what to do. 14 kids & a teacher died. School preparedness isn’t the problem. The problem is the gun. It’s the gun.

— Jo 🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) May 24, 2022

Kids have plans, too. Immediately after the Sandy Hook shooting, teacher Kaitlin Roig spoke about hiding in a bathroom with her students, and how they said things like, “I know karate, so it’s okay.” Little babies talking about using their beginner karate on a shooter.

Kids like this one have a plan:

My baby is in third grade. She lugs a binder of Pokemon cards to school to swap them on the playground at recess. Her socks are always mismatched & she wears a dinosaur hoodie. She’s just started making her own lunches for school every morning (she’s very proud),

— Wren Wallis (@invisibleinkie) May 24, 2022

And it’s because there are too, too many kids and teachers who have been through this that so many now have given thought to what they’d do. Here are two Sandy Hook teachers talking about what they did to keep their classes safe while children and teachers in their school were being slaughtered.

“I said to them ‘I need you to know, that I love you all very much and that it’s going to be okay,’ ’cause I thought that was the last thing they were ever going to hear. I thought we were all going to die,” Roig said. “You know, and I don’t know if that’s okay, you know, teachers … But I wanted them to know someone loved them and I wanted that to be one of the last things they heard, not the gunfire in the hallway.”

The tragedy in Uvalde is devastating and life-altering for all those left in its wake. We only just had this eye-opening conversation with former Sandy Hook teacher @abbeyclements about the effects of what she and her students went through 10 years ago.https://t.co/GFcv5k8cSK pic.twitter.com/SXeNn8ss2c

— Guns Down America (@GunsDownAmerica) May 25, 2022

Here’s a teenager who survived Sandy Hook talking about how it still defines her life to this day:

“Sometimes I wake up abruptly in the middle of the night… or I have a flashback or something and it’s all very real to me.” 10 years later, Sandy Hook survivor Maggie LaBanca talks life after the shooting. pic.twitter.com/ryN7L2Cag1

— Lauren Koenig (@CNNLauren) May 26, 2022

This should not be a part of the school experience.

Thursday, May 26, 2022 · 3:41:49 PM +00:00

Laura Clawson


Several years ago, during an “intruder” lockdown drill, i was hiding with a classroom full of HS jr in a corner of my room. One of the boys (twice my size) said “don’t worry Miss Kontos, I will get you out of here if its real”. Thanks Mike. Even the drills are traumatizing. https://t.co/xEfO03w89L

— Beth Kontos🌻🐓 🌹 #UnionProud #GetVaxd (@beth_kontos) May 26, 2022

And more from the quote-tweeted thread there:

my kids were visibly upset. One of my bigger students (an athlete) looked at me and said “I’m going to be honest Ms. T, that was one of the most traumatizing moments of my life.” Despite being 15-16, they’re still CHILDREN, and they did NOT deserve to go through all of that. —

— 🥑 (@phu4ng) May 25, 2022

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