Many of you know that we live in Northeast Ohio. Chardon is a jog down the road, but it certainly isn't states away.
Hubs told K- this morning that it's just up the road from where he grew up.
Afraid to think that K- would go to school, hear something and not know what the deal was, Hubs and I discussed the Chardon shootings and deaths with her. I discussed with her how I've been at her school during lock down (real, not drills) on two separate occasions (one a child out of control and one special needs child thought to have gone missing) and I told her how everything is immediately buttoned up. She feels good about lock downs. She knows the drill and even giggled that they have to hide under the tables in the art room. I'm glad that she feels safe. I'm glad that they've built lock downs into their life so much that it is second nature, the kids don't panic and know exactly what to do.
I admit that until lunch yesterday, I had no idea what had gone on. I plopped K- on the school bus yesterday morning, went to two different groceries, got ready for work and left. The radio station, a locally funded station, made no mention of the shooting whatsoever. They may have considered that the media outlets were so incredibly saturated that at that point, people may need something to take a break. Apparently, the feeding frenzy for information became so much that my friend said that they even had a breaking news bit on the fact that they were setting up a plastic table for an expected news conference.
How sad it was this morning to hear that a second student has died.
We explained the shootings. We explained the deaths. We explained that the child may have been made fun of. We explained that even though Daddy and I were made fun of all through school, it didn't make us pick up a gun and shoot anyone.
"But why did he take a gun to school?"
"I don't know why. I can tell you that Mr. B-, Mrs. B- and all the teachers and staff at school work very hard to make certain that you are safe. You should probably thank them today for all of their hard work."
I'm sure that there will be more questions. We'll be there to answer them. Until then and beyond, our condolences to the families who have lost and our prayers for the children hanging on and all those affected.
How would you deal with the school shooting story with your child/ren?