Scary situation while unarmed
I went to pick my kids up at after care for summer school. They are typically playing games in the Gym when i get there. No sooner did i get there that something came over their walkie talkies and suddenly teachers went into panic mode shutting and locking the doors. No sooner did it start when apparently the all clear was sounded. i really have no idea what the situation was and apparently it was a non issue/mistake, but you can bet i had tons of ideas rattleing around in my head
So here i am, unarmed with about 20 kids ranging in ages from 7 to 12/13 and two female teachers with simply a locked door with a window and for a while the thought that we were the next columbine. In my mind i was suddenly responsible for the saftey of everyone there. Surprisingly i was calm and felt a strange feeling that i was ok with whatever i needed to do to protect my boys first, then everyone esle . It was almost like i had been prepared for this to occur. You always wonder how you will react, i guess i got a little taste of it
What i really wanted to do was to take my boys and leave the building to get to my car. I felt like we were simply going to some place waiting to be attacked. This whole sitution took about 15 to 20 seconds, but felt much longer. On the drive home i wondered about the hypothetical situations and what i would have done if i had gotten my boys out and to my car and got armed, would i have gone back in. With my two boys outside my obligation is to protect them, but when you are talking about innocent children how do you not protect them as well. On the other hand school on lock down and me going back in with a gun isn't probably best idea either. this is the first situation since carrying that i have ever had the thought of utilizing the weapon if needed AND IT HAPPENS IN A PLACE I CAN NOT CARRY! Obviously the threat did not materize (thankfully) but the situation scared me. There is so little the school does to protect the children, clearly one locked door, with no place to hide inside and simply waiting on the cops in my opinion is not good. I didn't see a cop car until i reached my car after the incident. Had i been allowed to carry into the school and this situation did materialize the kids would have been safer. Maybe i am thinking about it to much, but then again maybe i should think about it even more. This isn't the first time the school went into lockdown there have been several instances this has occured during the normal school year with real threats. I don't think there is an armed officer on duty at school, i know there isn't one during summer school after care.