April 11, 2013

SPOTD: My luck in school safety

What Mandy Thinks: "Simple Pleasure of the Day" posts
I'm gonna get kind of serious here, so bare down.

Tonight's episode of Glee had me rethinking my original Simple Pleasure of the Day into the realization that I have been blessed to not have experienced traumatic school violence.  To sum up the episode, the main characters experience gunshots ringing out on campus, and we see how these characters handle the lock-down and emotional turmoil.

My Simple Pleasure of the Day is my luck in school safety and at the same time the gut-wrenching feeling I'm left with knowing how lucky I really was.  The worst I have had it in all the years I was in school was suddenly having to leave campus because of a pipe bomb scare (that wasn't even a pipe bomb, gee thanks) and a minor Mercury spill that I had no contact with (a thermometer dropped and "all hell breaks loose").

The television show's interpretation on school violence has me thinking:

- What would I have done in their situation?  How would I have handled it?

- Who would be the first person I call or notify that I'm OK if I end up OK?

- How would I function once it's over?  Would I seem mostly unchanged or be left forever scared?

Although this was a fictional event played out with actors and a script, it felt real.  My heart goes out to anyone who has any connection to any school shooting or violence.  I truly have no idea what it would be like until I find myself in it.

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