Monday February 26, 2018
We must find a place from commonality and move forward from there.
On Feb. 20, my son sat on the floor in a pitch-dark bathroom inside his first-grade classroom for about 40 minutes. He's afraid of the dark. "We knew it wasn't a drill, so I prayed," he told me as we walked home. The school was put on lockdown because there was an armed robbery at a nearby bank.
This is the reality for our children: lockdowns in dark bathrooms and praying for their lives when they should be at recess or learning arithmetic.
This is the reality for our teachers, principals and school staff: tasked with not only educating our children but also protecting them from massacre any given day.
The reality for parents like me is half expecting the call that shatters your world. I'm grateful to those in charge at the Lower Heidelberg Township police and Wilson School District for keeping our children safe. It's all up to them right now, while the country can't seem to agree and our government does nothing.
I don't know what to do with all this worry and powerlessness. So I volunteer with Moms Demand Action and even started a Berks County chapter. More and more of us are ready to take action and press our representatives to pass laws that will keep guns away from those with the intent to kill. But we need help. You don't have to agree with the solutions proposed by the gun-sense groups, you just have to agree that something has to be done. If we can just get to that place of commonality, we can move forward. We need to work together.
Lower Heidelberg Township
Let's work to keep guns out of the wrong hands