When the school shooting took place in Columbine High School all those years ago, I was a mere 22 years old. I remember watching the situation unfold on television and being horrified, but I couldn’t connect on a personal level. The recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary is a different story. The difference between 1999 and 2012? I am a mother to 6 year old kindergartners and I understand what unconditional love really means. As Jennifer Rowe Walters conveyed in The Huffington Post, I know what six looks like. I see it everyday in all of it’s forms: sweet, kind, mean, selfish, smart, confused…innocent. As a concerned parent, I was on the phone questioning the Henrico County School District about our safety procedures. I was left with more questions than answers.
However, the Henrico County School District announced today a Safety and Security Community Forum to take place on January 17th, at the Hermitage High School at 6PM. Henrico County school officials and the Henrico County Police Department will present their safety plans and then will allow for small group sessions where parents and citizens can ask questions and pose any concerns they may have.
While this may not be an answer to all the questions we parents have in regards to school violence, specifically school shootings, I love that the Henrico County School District will be starting an open dialogue and communication is a good start to addressing flaws in the system.
My heart goes out to all those parents who lost their precious children on these inconceivable days.
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