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A Disturbing New PSA

Robert Franklin

Posted on September 18, 2019 21:30

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A new public service announcement by a group founded by parents whose children were killed at Sandy Hook puts perspective on the first days of a new school year, and the functionality of new school supplies.

Sending our kids to school is either a notoriously difficult exercise or a remarkably easy one. Sometimes, it's hard to turn our little ones over to the care and supervision of others, particularly people we may not know very well, if at all. For others, it's as easy as filming yourself in a Target happily buying school supplies for teachers who are willing to preside over your kids for the next nine months.

No matter a person's feeling over the first day of a new school year, all of us who have children enrolled in schools have to stare a very particular monster in the face.

We all have to contend with the possibility, however remote (legitimately or perceived), that in dropping them off for first bell, we may be sending our kids to their deaths.

No one knows that better than the people who produced this PSA.

From my perspective -- a parent with two small children, one of whom is attending elementary school -- the actual act of watching this video was hard. As much as I try to rest on laurels, like "that would never happen to my children," I cannot say for sure it won't. No one can.

And that fact alone should be cause for grave concern.

In the PSA, brought to us by the nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise, an activist group led by parents whose children were victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, students show off their new back-to-school gear. It begins innocuous enough -- a new backpack, new binders, noise-canceling headphones.

Then, a kid's new sneakers assist him running down a hallway, not from a bully or a principal, but from an active shooter. A girl uses her new jacket to secure gymnasium doors. A new skateboard is used to break windows in an effort to escape. Two other students wait for a shooter to enter their classroom armed with scissors and colored pencils. Another student's new socks are used as a tourniquet. A girl locks herself in a darkened bathroom, sitting on the toilet, texting her mother "I love you" from her new phone while waiting for a shooter to find her.

It's a horrifying video, and unfortunately, a necessary one.

School shootings are a problem that can be solved, but too few of us are willing to actually do what needs to be done to stop them and it's our unwillingness to stop them that potentially condemns our children to death.

This issue is one of many that we obsess over, but fail to actually do something meaningful to prevent. The prevailing ideas are to sell bulletproof backpacks, install armed security on campus, or, worse, allow teachers to carry firearms.

We know what we need to do to make our kids safer in school. The longer we do nothing but sit on our hands, the more incidents will occur, and the number of children taken innocently by violent people with weapons of war will continue to rise.

Robert Franklin

Posted on September 18, 2019 21:30

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