Please Excuse the Interruption…

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.



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