As a teacher, you probably have memories or reactions to that when it comes out over the loud speaker. Usually, it’s nothing important. Usually, it’s some nonsense that could have been an email, but not every teacher checks their email incessantly.
This year, I have grown accustomed to hearing the title of this post blaring in my classroom only to be followed by “…teachers, please lock your doors. We are on lock-down. Please do not allow students to leave your room and allow students who are outside to come inside. We will be sending updates via email.”
Yeah, I’m accustomed to these messages. It does not surprise me to hear it. It doesn’t really even make me nervous anymore. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not. But this year we have had a lot of incidents that have resulted in trying to come up with a safety plan so that I can protect my students and myself.
Given that I’m in an actual theater that happens to have classroom spaces attached to it…there are lots of doors to keep in mind when developing a plan. A few weeks ago it became a huge concern of mine when threats were made on the school. I thought about it for a long time. I thought about all the doors. I thought about what the doors are made of and how they open and lock. I developed my own plan and figured if anything were to happen, we’d be okay.
Yesterday we had a mini lock-down that was precautionary. There was a police investigation in the surrounding neighborhood. One of my students asked me if I would protect them, like put myself in front of them if someone came into our classroom with a gun. I said, of course. Especially since it’s kind of part of my job, but regardless I would. I care about them. And if I can protect them, I will. I’d tell them where to go and what to do and hope that I could delay the intruder long enough for them to get to safety.
I think what bothers me the most, the real reason I’m writing this whole thing…I think it comes down to the fact that it is absolutely scary to think this way. The reality of world is that there are enough people in the world who no longer value human life, who do not know how to look passed differences and love people despite the differences, there are people who have decided it is their mission to take out as many people they can because of something they believe in. Because obviously, that’s the way you get someone to convert or to change opinions. I mean, it’s worked so well throughout history.
It’s sad to me. It’s sad to me that this world has grown to be so much more dangerous and cruel. Children are forced to grow up to soon, they’re taught to be “sexy” and to “get lit,” they’re taught that everyone should win even though that’s 100% a lie. They don’t know how to work for things and they think it’s funny to threaten other people like it doesn’t actually mean anything.
This morning I was reading in Mosiah 29:26-27 (from the Book of Mormon) and it hit me really hard.
“26. Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law–to do your business by the voice of the people.
“27. And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time t hat the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he w ill visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.”
Signs of the times.