In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, schools across the U.S. are exercising renewed vigilance with security, drills, and activism.
On Wednesday, Colorado teacher Ali Kemp tweeted about a situation that was a bit more than a drill.
False alarms may get brushed off in another country, but not here. They are impossible to dismiss.
Many people empathized:
I am a teacher and mother too. Your words are profound. Thank you. I hope beyond all hope that we can make these drills a thing of the past, much like the nuclear bomb drills my parents tell me about.— Michelle H 🇺🇸 #BoycottNRA 🚫 (@HebdenMichelle) March 7, 2018
OMG do I hear this. My daughter is a 20 year elementary school teacher and a day doesn't go by that I don't worry about her and her students. She's told me about lock downs for suspected criminals in their area and my heart just drops. There is no safe school...— mscatie (@mscatie) March 7, 2018
I’m a mom of 6th grade twin boys. Your description of what should’ve been an ordinary day for you + your 5th graders hit me hard. Don’t know if I have the right words to offer, but all I can think to say is thank you + all I can think to do is advocate against this being normal.— rebkah howard (@pink_funk) March 7, 2018
Others felt the fear:
My son is a fifth grade teacher, I was never afraid for him going off to work, I am now...every day.— vonmar (@MarievonEbers) March 7, 2018
My daughter just graduated with a degree in elementary Ed, and now I wish she hadn't. 😔— Andrea Murray (@PrimInspire) March 7, 2018
I pray daily for all our schools,children & staff when I drop my young sons off 2 2 different schools that they will be safe.— Velma Jones/Redgal60 (@JonesVelwil9) March 7, 2018
And there was this response to a call for action: