Roll me up & smoke me when I die.
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Sometimes I worry about the world I'm raising my kids in; who their leaders will be and how they'll deal with the consequences of trauma from all the shit that rolled downhill before them. And then I hear Emma Gonzalez. And I have hope that they'll be leaders - stronger and more poised than many we have today - and that they'll take that shit and throw it back upstream.
May we embrace the voices of our youth. May we listen. May we allow them to light the way. #emmagonzalez
Via Lisa Guthrie, on twitter:
At a recent PTA meeting, we brought in some of the police officers who work closely with our school district to talk about ALICE, which is their approach to handling active shooter situations. One part of it is that if the shooter does enter the room where kids are at, the kids are told to run around, yell loudly, throw things like books or wads of paper, etc. Just be a distraction. At first I was like, really? you think a shooter armed with a machine gun is going to confront my daughter armed with a book and just say oh, never mind, I won't kill her? And then it punched me in the gut: if she's face to face with a shooter, she's going to die regardless. The goal will be for her and her classmates to make their deaths take 20 seconds rather than 10. That's 10 more seconds for other kids to run, 10 more seconds for first responders to get to the scene and take out the shooter. A lot of lives can be saved in 10 seconds...
Just to be clear, this is the current state of affairs. We live in a country where kindergartners learn how to maximize the number of lives they can save as they're being massacred. .
Let us all agree on the need for change. .
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