Fear in public schools: then and now
When I was a kid in school, when that certain alarm sounded, we all had to get under our desks as soon as possible and put our hands over our heads.
For what you say?
I believe it was called something like,” Atomic bomb threat.”Just 15 to 20 years prior to that in 1945, the USA dropped two Atomic bombs, one made of Uranium and one of Plutonium on the Empire of Japan. Those two bombs were totally devastating. The cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were leveled, razed and completely wiped out!
The purpose worked, we never had to invade the mainland of Japan.
So nuclear threat was no joke and when the Cuban Missile Crisis, during the Kennedy years was taking place, Americans were really scared. Russian ICBM, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, were just ninety miles of the Florida coast aimed at the USA.
My mom and dad were so moved with fear that they had a bomb shelter built between the house and dad’s plumbing garage.
Thankfully the then Soviet Union lead by Nikita Khrushchev had the good sense to back off and took the threat away by removing the missiles from Cuba.
Today though we have another threat… Shooters.
I was at one of the High Schools at Horry County today when the principal got on the intercom system and called for a,”Tornado drill.”Basically that is where all the students sit down against a wall and brace themselves for a storm.
This drill is similar to a code red drill that is geared toward shooters.
After the drill I found myself being thankful that schools are trying to prepare for the real threat in our day of someone coming on the campuses with an assault weapon to try and gun down as many students and teachers as they can. Columbine, Sandy Hook , and Parkland to name a few of the heinous crimes that have been committed.
Also I am thankful that HCS, Horry County Schools, have an armed guard in all middle and high schools. They have also pledged to have that in the elementary schools by the fall.
Truly our children are our most precious resource, what else can we do to protect them?