Monday, February 3, 2014

Lockdown drills

The Girlchick came home from school on Friday to tell us about how they practiced a lock down drill.  I'm glad that they practice these but so disheartened that it's a reality of our lives.  I asked her to explain to me what a lock down drill was and what she was supposed to do.  She told me all about it and the steps she was supposed to do if they ever had a "bad guy" in the school.  I was very proud of her.

It's just another eye opener on how much things have changed from when I was a kid.  I used to take the bus as an elementary kid and I used to walk to and from school in middle school.  Never thought anything about it as a kid.  I had to walk down a major street in middle school (Broadway, which is a major north south street in Boulder) and it was about 4-5 blocks away.  These days I really would like to keep my kids off the bus if at all possible.  The stories you hear and the things the kids do on buses now a days is shocking!  That stuff didn't happen when I was a kid.  And even though we live pretty close to the school none of the kids will walk by themselves.  I might think about letting them ride by themselves when they are a little older, but not anytime soon.  Statistics show that there is a huge increase in abductions with kids who walk vs. kids that ride bikes.  I never thought I would ever need to know a statistic like that, but I do and it's scary.  Just like it's extremely scary that they have to practice lock down drills at my daughters elementary school. 

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