A radio host said the shooting hit home for her because she was picking her children up from school when she heard about the Florida school shooting. She said she wanted to protect every child that she saw, and I later heard many of my friends who are teachers share similar thoughts. My friends have become prepared to hide their students and risk their lives to save their students from an intruder.
It’s scary that we have to realize that this could happen in our own communities and our own schools. I can’t help but think about that every time we hear about mass shootings on the news. Downingtown Borough Councilman Phil Dague summed up what I think about every time I’m in the newsroom watching the TV news and reading breaking news alerts about such shootings.
“As I’ve watched the news reports on the aftermath of what happened in Sandy Hook and most recently in Florida,” Dague said, “the one thing that strikes me the most is, I look at the people, the parents, the survivors and it just reminds me that this could be our community. It scares the hell out of me.”