Updated: May 8, 2018
What it means to March for our lives. By Lorie Honor
As a teacher, I have spent most of my 24 year-career participating in shelter-in drills. Over the years I have sheltered-in with hundreds of elementary school kids, huddled in a dark corner of my tiny room, covering kids with my body while winking and smiling at the same time, often performing a strange pantomime; me kicking and punching the bad guys, so that the kids know they're safe with me and everything's going to be fine.
Sometime we mime throwing things at the door. Super quiet. In super slow motion. It's just a game to keep them from thinking that someone could ACTUALLY come in with a gun and shoot us. Which is the purpose of the drill. Something I have never said out loud to an 8 year-old.
All teachers know that no amount of shelter in drills can stop the evil intent that teachers and students have been practicing for since Columbine. In 1999. But we crouch in corners and make believe.
Every year there are 26 Christmas trees at St. Theresa's on Slosson and Victory, remembering each of the 26 victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. So for the last 5 years as I drive by, I think of the 20 kids and 6 school staff and say, "Hmmm. What's it going to take to do the right thing here?" I didn't know how our country couldn't have had radically changed gun laws after Sandy Hook. And then Aurora. And then Pulse and then and then and then...
And then Parkland.
I don't know what made this so different. The Parkland shooting. And I don't know if it is because of this political climate, when we are all hopped up and ready to protest and eager to call bullshit, or it was the immediacy of the kids speaking out but I thought, if we keep it about schools protecting kids, maybe we can outsmart these law makers who don't want to touch this issue for fear of being called.....a what exactly? Moral?