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“My 5th grader and I were conversing on the way to work/school this morning. As an educator, I wanted to be sure he and his classmates were taking the school safety drills seriously and not using it as a time to socialize and goof off.
Me: Have you guys practiced a lockdown drill in class yet?
Dez: Are you talking about an active shooter drill?
Dez: Yes, we practiced it.
Me: So tell me what you are supposed to do.
Dez: The teacher is supposed to shut and lock the door, and put the black paper over the window on the door. Then and three other boys and I are supposed to push the table against the door. After that, the class is going to stand behind us on the back wall.
Me: The class is supposed to stand behind who?
Dez: Me and the other 3 boys. We stand at the front and they get behind us.
*I internally went from 0 to 100 real quick. My child is one of only 2 black children in a class of 23. Being transparent, I immediately went to the, ‘why is my black son being put on the front line?’ (Just being real) So I asked before I verbally stated my thoughts*
Me: Why did you get picked to stand in front of everyone else if a shooter came into your school?
Dez: I didn’t get picked. I volunteered to push the table and protect my friends.
Me: *immediate nausea* Dez why would you volunteer to do that?
Dez: If it came down to it I would rather be the one that died protecting my friends than have an entire class die and I be the only one that lived.
Father God, it took everything out of me not to break down. I still have a lump in my throat. 10 damn years old and this has to be our babies’ thought process in America.”
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