The latest school shooting nightmare happened here in Maryland at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County. Anyone who thought we were somehow immune is certainly mistaken.
Of course these shootings can take place anywhere. I don’t have small children but already this year my daughters who attend college have had active shooters on campus. When you get a text from them about it, it is certainly unnerving. Especially so for me since I am not just a drive away.
It seems like if someone wants to open fire they can. Can you take all the guns away? Does every school need a metal detector? In the Great Mills High School shooting, a trained school resource officer was the saving grace when he was able to get to the shooter.
While adults argue over stricter gun rules our children are walking the walk with walk-outs and marches. Support them. But why do children have to plead with adults to do something? It seems like a no-brainer. For goodness sake we are talking about children being assaulted in what was once the safest place for them to be. How can they learn or just be kids when this kind of violence hangs in the air?
I don’t have the answers and I would not want to pretend I do in this space. I just know how bad it feels to witness these events in our country over and over again. My heart goes out to the parents of the children who’ve lost their lives and the children who have lost their friends. It makes you want to holler. It makes you cry. Can you imagine being the parent of one of the shooters? If they survive it will be hell for the family. If they die parents may never have answers.
This topic unfortunately cannot be swept under the rug and we have to discuss it with our kids. The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests limiting exposure to news coverage because kids might think the events are reoccurring each time they see a television replay news footage. I remind you that with social media it’s hard to limit news. I feel like all of this would make me a very anxious student. And we have to look out for that in our kids.
The APA says, “ Parents should be alert to any signs of anxiety that might suggest that a child or teenager might need more assistance. Such indicators could be a change in the child’s school performance, changes in relationships with peers and teachers, and excessive worry.” I don’t have any answers here. Just feeling sad over what is happening. This is my way of talking about it.
Lisa Robinson is the mother of two amazing young women. She is a freelance writer for several Baltimore area magazines, including Chesapeake Family Life. Lisa works as a news anchor and investigative reporter for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. When she’s not dealing with the drama of her two daughters, she’s busy cooking, working out, hosting her friends for get-to-getters, reading, and writing a non-fiction book. Lisa is one of the funniest people you’ll get to know. She relishes in saying the things others are afraid to. You can catch up with Lisa here and on Facebook and Twitter.