The bold title of the email flashed across my phone. LOCKDOWN AT ES1 and MS1. Those are not words a parent wants to see.
I felt my heart pounding. My kids don’t attend either of those schools, but we know people whose kids do. I was driving, so I couldn’t open the email. I was so worried. My mind started to think of what could be wrong.
My phone started to ring. It was the district’s notification number. I answered it. The superintendent’s voice announced that the elementary school was in a “soft” or Code Yellow Lockdown. The middle school continued to b in a “hard” or Code Red Lockdown. A student allegedly brought weapons to school. The student was apprehended by police. The police were investigating with district officials.
I suddenly realized I’d been holding my abs in really tightly. I exhaled and relaxed. Subsequent communications revealed that the elementary school was in the all clear. Then the middle school was cleared.
Considering that we are just days away from the one year mark of the Sandy Hook tragedy, I got upset to my stomach thinking of what could have been. And so very grateful for what was, in our town, “just” a lockdown and nothing more.
The final message from the superintendent stated that all typical activities would resume for the day.
Our district, our community, was fortunate today. I hope upon hope that the student involved gets some help, and that the students at both schools are able to overcome the distraction that today introduced into their lives.