Because of print deadlines, I turn in my newspaper columns a week before they’re published. This piece was written over a week ago. On Tuesday the college where I teach was placed on lockdown, and my older daughter experienced her first lockdown at her elementary school. This reeks of a brutal and telling irony. As the Dean of Students said in her email to the campus community after the event, “Today our campus lost a little bit of its innocence.”
Many writer and teacher friends of mine have posted in the days since I wrote this column, speaking of their experiences with teaching and parenting under the threat of a school shooting. I hope we all read, and listen. As always, I treasure your readership. Thank you for listening to me.
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