Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Can you say lockdown (without shaking)?

Well...first, go here...

Now...factor in that the bank is barely a mile, if that from my school. Add in that the place the robbers left the first car is at the end of the street from my school. Join that with the complete roadblocks of any road that leads to (or from) my school and put lock down words in quotes and you have my morning.

I will not lie. I was scared. When one hears words they know signify something of mal intent on the horizon, and realizes that it was not planned, one tends to worry about the sweet little 7-year olds in her care. Hypothetically speaking, of course. I have been part of a lock down before, in North Carolina, and that was scary, but somewhat removed. Hearing helicopters ON TOP OF YOU and knowing they are searching for someone (or someones)in your back yard, and you are not exactly sure of what is going on is very disconcerting. And let me tell you, anyone who underestimates the ability of kids to correctly assess the gravity of a situation is just plain wrong. My kids are SMART and asked SMART questions and had SMART responses. I was very proud of them, and once I found out (officially) that we were pretty much taking precautionary measures, I made sure to praise them! Observant little buggers, though! One parent, who very sweetly thanked me for taking care of her baby (my pleasure) told me that her son said he wasn't scared, but that he knew I was a little worried because my hand was shaking when I was trying to text John (to find out WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON!). A little worried. Bless his heart. The fact that once our doors were reopened and the kids acted as if they had not even been aware of a situation tells me that I did well, and so did my school, in a scary situation. Thank goodness that woman and her children are safe, and thank goodness those bad men decided to take their dough and GET AWAY! Leave the babies ALONE!


  1. WOW! What a day you had today. That is terrifying. Great job with keeping the kids safe.

  2. YIKES!!! Just reading that kida freaked me out!! Way to go hanging in there and keeping cool in front of all those kids!!

  3. Oh my! What a scary feeling...I live in a very small community and work at the one middle school we have and I would be terrified if we had a lock down! OOF!


  4. You poor thing! I am so proud of you for staying calm and brave in the face of such terror. You are exactly what we need in our schools!

  5. wow... go Lori go... now add super awesome teacher to your list of accomplishments!!!

    how scarey.. so glad all is well and the babies are ok....

  6. Lori,
    the above commnet is me.. lanetta...
    that's the account Sandi has set up for some of us to have access to her blog... since she's maxed out at the 100 invited guests... and I forgot that I hadn't logged out and back in under my name to leave your comment... sorry
    have a great day

  7. Any news on where your dossier is? I saw Corinne got word about hers.