The School is on Lockdown

My son’s teacher sent me a beautiful picture of my son with his classmates outside and enjoying the day a few minutes before I headed to pick him up.

They had an egg hunt today at school and colored Easter eggs.

Upon arrival, I was greeted by a police officer telling me that my son could not leave the building. (Special Needs pick up is 30 minutes prior to school letting out)

I was hysterical. He said I could sit in the lobby or wait in my car and explained they were about to lockdown the entire school due to a threat.

I sat there for an hour listening to the office staff answer phone calls calmly, seeing poor parents walk up to the locked door unable to enter and every time the radio made the static of a person on the other end…

I prayed for all those kids and teachers.

I can’t imagine how any of you felt that have gotten the lockdown call.

I hope your little ones are too young too understand what happened  and that the older ones can find some peace.

After an hour I was able to go to his room as the lockdown was over but we had to wait until the kids were escorted to buses/car pick ups before we could leave.

I’m so grateful for my son’s teachers. They had to spend that time in a closet and keep the kids quiet and entertained.

I know they would do everything in their power to keep those kids safe. My heart goes out to them, I can’t even imagine what went through their minds during that time.

As we walked out that same officer was outside and I had my son give him a high five and say thank you. I thanked him too.

He said his brother has special needs and said my hysteria was understandable.

Thank you to the teachers, staff and law enforcement who kept our kids safe today. I pray to God that none of you ever have to go through this again.

It makes me so mad that kids have to experience this. As a parent, I know it’s going to take me some time to recover.

Be Kind.

Written by, An Anonymous Mother

Finding Cooper’s Voice accepts guest posts from writers who choose to stay anonymous. I do this because so many of these topics are hard to talk about. The writers are worried about being shamed. They are worried about being judged. As a writer and mother I totally get it. But I also understand the importance of telling our stories. And this will ALWAYS be a safe place to do it.

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