"If the gunman shoots your teacher and principal, listen to the nice policeman and get yourselves out of the building.”


My friend "TexasBetsy" sent this to me today while we were chatting. She has graciously permitted me to share it with you: 

If you're interested, here's my take: As an elementary school teacher, I am used to talking to students about fears. Many of my students are afraid of the world ending next week. A few are afraid of homelessness or of a parent being deported. Most are afraid of teenagers. They’re all afraid of ghosts and half are afraid of clowns or dolls. Whatever.

And now another school shooting? I don’t know all the details of what happened today in Connecticut, but the NYT indicates that the shooter was the son of a teacher at the school, and that his mother was one of those shot. Good God! How do I explain THAT to them on Monday morning? And how do I then introduce them to MY adult son, who comes home from college on Tuesday?

This gun culture IS the terrorism we’re supposed to be worried about. It’s not from overseas, it’s not perpetrated by Muslims or foreigners. It’s run-of-the-mill adult young men who shoot others in great numbers.

If it scares me as an adult teacher, what fear must it be sending to my precious students? Who is safe anymore? Do we install metal detectors outside the kindergarten rooms?

And when is it OK to start talking about putting the lives of our children ahead of the right of every American to own an automatic weapon? And do I need to add to our emergency plan “And if the gunman shoots your teacher and principal, then listen to the nice policeman and get yourselves out of the building safely.”

  • David G

    We must start looking at the value of available mental health care.  That my not have helped in any one particular shooting, but you can't tell me that those who perpetrate these crimes didn't need some help.   Maybe if it was available, just maybe, they might have been "talked down from the ledge" so to speak.  Let's look all over for answers. Not just guns... I happen to be anti gun, but I still believe it's the "sick" (and I mean ill) people who use them that are part of the problem.   This is a multi-pronged  issue that just talk won't make go away.  Available mental health help is a must.  DG

  • kayellen48

    The real question is why are there so many young adult men who suffer from this kind of mental illness. There is no question as to whether or not we have too many guns in our society. We do. But those who say guns are not the problem are partially right. They are only a small part of the problem, but the number of mentally ill young adult men seems to becoming a major problem.  How did this happen?

  • BTW, I'm agreeing that TexasBetty is hovering around a big part of the problem.

  • I'm really struggling with all this these days.  I'm hearing GUNS! They're the problem!  It's not the guns, it's mental illness!  It's not guns, it's the ammo!  On and on it goes.

    Fuck.  Really?  Can we not understand that this isn't SIMPLE?  This isn't anything but complex?  Hell - the most common thing among all these shooters is that they are male.  Let's just make being a guy illegal, while we're at it.  I mean, okay?

    Here's my mother's take (God bless her, this isn't dementia talking, she's always been this confused)....She says that "as feminism brings more women to power, men feel like they're powerless, it's just no wonder!"    After I've bit one edge of my tongue off, she carried off in conversation, and lo and behold, she drops this gem, "Hell, if women were running this world, none of this would have happened".   (These gems come from the same woman who says that she doesn't like the Muppets...because they put a lot of actors out of work).

    I had a whole long rant for this...but I just can't go there yet.  No one wants to hear it.  I'm just feeling like right now, what's almost worse than recent events, including in my own back yard this week, is the conversation that's coming as a result of it.  I can't take that anymore!!!