I live 30 min. from my school, and all the way there this morning I kept thinking, "What am I going to say to my kids about Sandy Hook?" I had hoped some brilliant idea, some words of wisdom or uplifting thought, would come to me. But all that came to mind was my own experience of a school lock-down several years ago when some boys decided to target shoot on school grounds. Because of my position, I was the one to run through the halls, checking to make sure doors were locked, kids were fully hidden and teachers were calm. That experience made me really think hard and decide what I would do should a gunman be in that hall with me - for whom would I be willing to take a bullet?
And so I'm faced with the original dilemma. What do you say to 9-year-olds when children their own age - even younger - have died in such a tragic way? How do you fully convey the fact that you would do anything to protect them, give your own life for theirs if it should come to that, but that they're safe in their own school and should feel confident and not fearful? How do you appropriately address the sadness, avoid focusing on the details, and move forward in hope and faith?
Our thoughts from Salt Lake City, Utah are very strongly with the families of all the children at Sandy Hook Elementary.