I'm afraid to get shot.
I'm afraid of watching kids dying.
I'm totally, completely terrified of being present during a school shooting.
Some of my favorite memories as a child were getting to go to school with my maternal grandmother. She was a math teacher at a Catholic high school in Michigan. I was mesmerized with the nuns and the students were always so kind to me. It was beyond inspiring to watch her teach. It still impacts how I am today and how I approach my business. For the longest time though, I thought that I was going to be a teacher or school counselor. That's changed though.
As of September 1, 2019 there has been 283 Mass Shootings in the United States.
September 1, 2019 was the 244th day of the year.
[Not all of these mass shootings have happened at schools, but that's truly not the point.]
How can I not think about it? How many other compassionate, educated individuals are holding back because they are afraid of dying at their job. A job that SHOULD NOT have that risk.
How many of our educators, helpers, etc. are BURNT OUT because on top of having the responsibility of teaching the children, they are also constantly on high alert, rehearsing their decision to possibly die for their students if they had to.
Number of Shootings Source: https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/