The next time I heard the word lockdown was on cable TV watching a documentary on prisons. The prisoners were on lockdown and were not allowed to leave their cells. Over the years I have heard this word become more and more predominant in the media, schools are locked down on on ever increasing basis. Today my son's school was locked down.
I had to leave work early to pick my son up from school as they would not let him walk the three blocks to his grandparents house. When I arrived I was stopped at the driveway and was asked to show my ID. The police were only asking men for their IDs, no women were asked. When I walked up to the school I saw what is in the first photo in this post. A heavily armed police officer with an M-16.
The children were dismissed by grade, as my son was a "walker" he would not be dismissed until I signed him out. I had to wait for all other students to be released. Once he was released I walked into the school to see a very distraught priest and principal, both doing their best in a bad situation.
While I blame the man the police are looking for for this incident I have to wonder what has become of our society where armed officers have to be stationed at the entryways to our schools.
Maybe we should not let every deranged nut out there have easy access to a gun. Of course the responsible gun owners out there will scream that their rights are being trampled. Granted, this man the police are looking for could have been a responsible gun owner, until he wasn't. I cannot imagine they would have had the large (and when I say large I mean almost thirty officers) police presence at my son's school today if this man were only carrying a knife or a baseball bat.
The point is, guns and violence have become far to prevalent in our society, maybe, just maybe it is time to look at the society we have and change it to one that we want. I don't ever want to go to my son's school and see this:
4:10 PM PT: As more news comes out we are finding out that the man they are looking for has two children. At least one of them attends the school my son attends - my son knows this child.