I’ve skilled two college lockdowns up to now 2 weeks. One on the college the place I work and one at my youngsters’s college. Each fully terrifying. One resulted within the capturing dying of a beloved professor. The opposite resulted in traumatized youngsters.
Issues like this…they put cash and monetary issues into perspective.
For me – it began with a textual content from a mother pal,
“Have you learnt that the college is on lockdown?”
Fortunately, the children’ college state of affairs turned out to be nothing. A automobile was deserted on college grounds with “suspicious gadgets” seen within the entrance passenger seat and issues acquired escalated – rumors of a suspicious particular person wandering the campus, and so on.
Nevertheless, earlier than it was decided there was no imminent hazard, there was chaos and worry and confusion. The preliminary “risk” was seen as credible for over 2 hours. This was not a drill. Younger children had been huddled into corners of lecture rooms, doorways locked, lights off, and advised to be silent as they waited for police to return and clear the constructing. I discovered the distinction between a “lockdown” and a “shelter in place.” Lockdown = lights off, don’t transfer, silent, locked door. Shelter in place = lights off, locked door, however you may transfer about and speak with one another. Its surreal that I even know this distinction. That that is even a factor in our elementary faculties.
Fortunately, there was no imminent hazard and everybody was protected (bodily). My very own children had been very shaken up by the state of affairs on a psychological degree although.
Only some days later…
The unthinkable occurred. A disgruntled pupil, indignant a few grade, got here to campus to confront his professor. The unique professor was away (out-of-town), however the pupil shot and killed the division head.
It was such a shock. Two back-to-back crises. Two very completely different endings. However each inflicting psychological harm to the encircling neighborhood.
Issues have been powerful not too long ago from a monetary perspective.
There have been private points which have led to my ex and I going to court docket for baby custody-related issues. This has been anxious and time-consuming, and costly.