School is not a Battlefield

Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on Unsplash

You are too young to understand the implications of these drills, but I know them all too well.

Years before you were born, I worked as a middle school public educator for special needs students. During that time, the Sandy Hook mass shooting occurred, taking the lives of twenty first-graders and six educators. I was in my classroom on lunch break when I opened my computer to the news. Our hearts broke in a new way when we read the news that afternoon. To this day, my heart aches for those innocent children and for the parents and families who’ve had to endure such immense loss.

Politicians have failed you. And for that, I am deeply sorry.

We have some time before you are in school full time, and so, I am making a promise to you now. I vow to continue the fight against gun violence; to do what I can to make sure that you can go to school and feel safe.

Writer of nonfiction & narrative. Lover of language and creative endeavors. Mother of twins.

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