January is severely kicking my butt. I visited with a friend yesterday — who also suffers from depression that is worst in January — and it was so good to talk with her and find that we are so similar in our crazy, meaning that I’m not the only one who’s, as she put it, treading water while a big powerful wave pulls me further out to sea. I mean, I knew I wasn’t the only one, but to talk with someone else going through exactly what I’m going to is both rad and sucky.
Anyway, yesterday was one of the worse days, and then I got a phone call from Kaylie that went something like this:
“Mama, someone brought a real gun to school and it exploded and I’m scared. Can you come get me?”
“WHAT? A GUN?”
“Yea, I want to come home.”
“I’m coming to get you right now.”
“Okay … um … I just have to make sure it’s okay with my teacher that I go home.”
“No, you tell your teacher you’re leaving because I’m your mom and I’m the boss of you and you are coming home.”
Um, yea, so that was fun. Apparently an 11-year-old Grade 5 boy (THE SAME GRADE AS KAYLIE)(just a different class) brought a gun to school and it went off in his backpack in his locker cubby hook thing. (How is that even possible? Is that just the story they’re going with? That it “went off”?) Apparently he didn’t know that it was loaded. The front page of this morning’s paper had a quote from a police officer which said, “Initially our officers thought he may have taken it as something to show friends.” So that means that he didn’t just take it to show his friends, so WHY did he bring it to school? Nobody was hurt and school went on, although kids were given the option of going home if they wanted to. When I got there, there were cops and a news station outside.
I’m glad she has no school tomorrow (previously scheduled day off) because I’m pretty sure I’d keep her home anyway. I’m not letting myself go into the what-ifs of a kid BRINGING A LOADED GUN TO SCHOOL because they are just horrible, like what if he brought it to the playground and pretended to shoot one of his friends in a “game” and actually shot him or her? What if the gun didn’t hit a metal water bottle in the kid’s backpack, but was aimed out at the kids? WHAT IF? I just can’t think about it. Homeschooling starts on Monday. (I’m kidding.)(Kind of.)
Anyway, on to things that don’t involve guns in my kid’s school.
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