Entire school districts are being shut down for the next couple of days due to threats. My children’s district…two schools are on lockdown while the school my kids go to has beefed up their on-site police.
Pranks? Probably. Some stupid kids knowing how fragile we all are right now thinking it would be funny.
It’s not funny at all.
This is emotional terrorism.
It’s working. My kids are scared shitless. I hope you…you who are doing this to them…are happy. You’ve won today.
The past week has been emotionally exhausting for our nation. We are scared and sad. We are trying to recover…together.
And now this.
All across the country, schools are being threatened.
Our children’s security being taken away.
Our children’s safety being put at risk.
Our children’s faith in everything being tested.
When I was young and scared, I’d talk to my mom.
She’d always reassure me and promise me things would be ok, nothing bad was going to happen.
And, you know what?
I believed her with all of my heart.
Because my mom was always right. Nothing bad really did ever happen. And if it did, it always got better.
When my kids were young, they’d be scared and come to tell me.
I’d reassure them and they’d believe me.
Because I believed what my mom told me. Things always got better and the only fear was that of the unknown.
I’d tell my children that things were going to be fine. And they usually always were.
So, they believed me.
Because we believe in our parents and we trust that they know what they are talking about.
Now, because of how much society seems to have changed over the course of my children’s young life…they have a hard time believing me when I tell them that things always end up just fine.
Because there are so many bad things that have been happening.
This has taken away our power, the power of parents, to reassure our children.
It has taken away our power to reassure our children that there is no such thing as the Boogeyman.
It has taken away our power to reassure our children that the good guys always win.
And it’s taken away our faith and belief that things really do turn out fine.
This makes me so angry.
I just want to be able to tell my children that everything turns out OK.
And I want to believe it and I want my children to know it.
This needs to be fixed.
Let’s find a way to fix this.
If not for us than for our children’s children.
So that, once again, children can believe that their parents are right and the good guys DO win.