It’s a whole new world we’re living in these days, mamas, and the reality of true, fateful danger within school walls is not lost on our kids.
Shelley Harrison Reed says her 7-year-old daughter Vanessa was at school in Hockessin, Del., on Feb. 7 when school officials declared an active lockdown after learning of a possible bomb threat to an upperclassman building on the school’s campus. Both Vanessa and her 10-year-old brother were in class at the time.
“So my kid’s school had a genuine lockdown today,” Reed wrote on Facebook after school. “Some whack job called in a bomb threat. Police came and everything was fine, Thank God!”
Authorities found the threat at Haverford High School “not credible” following an extensive search.
Reed says her kids both seemed fine when they got home from school and went about their homework as usual.
“It wasn’t until later when Vanessa was changing out of her school uniform that I saw this on her arm,” Reed wrote, posting a photo of her daughter’s forearm which had a note written across it in purple marker.
It read: “Love Mom and Dad.”
When Reed asked her daughter why she wrote the message on her arm, she replied, “In case the bad guy got to us and I got killed, you and Daddy would know that I love you.”
Oh mamas, my heart.
“She started to cry (as did I, as I watched a little piece of her innocence get stolen away),” Reed wrote. “To know that my 7yo was put in a position to think that [thought] is absolutely gut wrenching and it’s killing me inside.”
Reed told Yahoo Lifestyle that the school had conducted drills prior to February 7th, but never an actual lockdown.
“Vanessa said she was scared because her classroom didn’t lock from the inside and the ‘bad guy’ could have gotten in,” Reed told the news outlet. “She wrote it because, ‘If I got killed and my parents came, they would see it when they found my body.’” Vanessa told her mom that she hid in a corner between a bookshelf and the wall with her marker.
“It’s now been a couple hours, and I can’t seem to shake this awful feeling,” Reed continued her post. “Feeling of sadness, fear, and plain disgusts for this new ‘normal’ our kids have to deal with on any given day…..it’s a very scary and disturbing society we now live in, and it’s heartbreaking.”
Vanessa’s father Jeff said that Vanessa was offered therapy in school following the scare, but she’s found more comfort in the scribble on her arm.
Praying hard today for the world we’re raising our babies in, mamas. And praying for Vanessa as she overcomes this traumatic experience.