The images of the 20 children and 6 adults from Sandy Hook Elementary continue to rattle the minds of people nationwide; particularly parents. Let me just say, as a parent myself, I was outraged. What in the world was Adam Lanza thinking when he decided to march into an elementary school and shoot, repeatedly, twenty bright-eyed and energetic kindergartners and first graders? And he didn’t stop there. He even attempted to go a step further and attack other classrooms. But because of the heroic actions of many teachers, some of whom did not survive, he was not able to do so. It wasn’t until police arrived, approximately 20 minutes later, that Adam Lanza would take his own life. I don’t know about you, but my heart aches for the children and families at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
As a mother, this horrifying tragedy hit way to close to home for me. My first reaction was to immediately remove my children from school and homeschool them. But that doesn’t solve the issue at hand. I may still decide to homeschool them in the future. But for now, I’ve made it my priority to ensure that security measures are established at their school.
The full version of this column is now only available in Doug Giles’ book, “Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away”.