A Facebook post written and shared by a woman named Shelley Harrison Reed has gone viral for sharing the “new normal” schoolchildren in America face everyday.
Written on February 7, Reed’s post talks about the aftermath of a bomb threat that was called into her children’s school.
She shares although there was a real lock down and police were present, her children “seemed fine” when they came home from school.
That was, until she noticed something written on her daughter’s arms.
It read “love mom and dad,” in marker.”
“So my kids school had a genuine lock down today. Some whack job called in a bomb threat. Police came and everything was fine, Thank God!”
“My guys seemed fine when they got home and they talked about it with me, and told me their versions of what happened and then went right into their homework and normal after school stuff, and all seemed fine.”
“It wasn’t until later when Vanessa was changing out of her school uniform that I saw this on her arm….I say to her, why did you write that on your arm? She says, in case the bad guy got to us and I got killed, you and daddy would know that I love you, and she started to cry (as did I as I watched a little piece of her innocence get stolen away)”
“To know that my 7yo was put in a position to think that thought is absolutely gut wrenching and it’s killing me inside.”
“It’s now been a couple hours, and I can’t seem to shake this awful feeling, feeling of sadness, fear, and plain disgusts for this new ‘normal’ our kids have to deal with on any given day…..it’s a very scary and disturbing society we now live in, and it’s heartbreaking.”
“Sorry for the long post, I’m just thinking a lot of my mom friends who also went through this today are probably feeling the same way..”
Reed’s post had over 14,000 comments in just a little over a week — with many comments from mothers who also shared similar experiences to Reed.
“Same thing [happened] to my 8 year [old] last year in his old school, my son gave me a note after I took him out that day, trust me I know [the] feeling, everything was racing through my head like what if… I just [hugged him] tight and [assured him he was] safe.”
“My oldest had an active shooter drill in school last year while he had a cold and he came home and just casually asked for cough drops. I asked him why and he said “So the bad man won’t hear me.” He said it with no fear or hesitation, like that was a completely normal thing for an 8 year old to be worried about! He didn’t even seem scared. It’s like he is already jaded to this. I hid in my room so he didn’t see me cry.”
“Wow you are so right my son was in the same position yesterday in his school in Miami I immediately rushed over thank god it was all fine … god bless all our children it’s crazy this world these days sometimes. I just want to move to another country and raise my kids.”
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