One day your kindergartner comes home and excitedly tells you about the Code Red drill they did at school.

It’s a gut punch.

One day you’re at the bank getting $2 bills for Christmas, and see something about a shooting in Connecticut. You squeeze their tiny hand a little harder.

Later, your school district puts a levy on the ballot. Reading through the text you see terms like “improved security” and “access control,” and realize they’re asking for funding to fortify the entrances.

Your kid is in HS now, and tells you everyone has an escape plan for each class they go to…



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