Second, as a society, are we willing to accept this as the new normal? I practiced barricading my classroom door from an active shooter before I reviewed my class syllabus. I reviewed strategies for disorienting an attacker before reviewing a single lesson plan. I tried fleeing my classroom from a threat before organizing my shelves. Are we prepared to tell our students, our children that to receive an education, we first must learn to prepare for active shooters?
I don’t pretend to be an expert on guns or gun-control policies, and I don’t pretend to fully grasp the difficulties involved with politics. However, there is one thing I know: If politicians and if we as a society continue to do nothing, then we are telling students that this is the new normal.
If we don’t act, then we will be complicit in ushering in a darker future not befitting future generations.
Robert Medoff, Baltimore