There are truly no words. Awful doesn't even come close. I taught elementary school for 7 years and can't - don't even want to - imagine what today is like for those teachers, children, parents.
I know how fiercely they tried to protect their students - everyday, not just today - and today they couldn't do their job.
As a mom, I don't know how you go on. You should feel absolutely confident that you will pick your child up at the end of the school day.
No matter the argument, I believe wholeheartedly that guns should not be accessible to people other than law enforcement. To say that guns can protect us in such situations is backwards.
I'm watching the live news report and just heard this:
The bottom line is there are guns, they are a part of our culture, I think what we have to do in the long run, we have to find a way within our culture to give people other means of problem solving.
Clint Van Zandt, Former FBI Profiler
A gun should not have been available as a means for "problem solving". And should never be.
I'm sick and angry.
**Update: I just watched an interview with a student from the school and she described what it was like when her teacher directed the class to huddle in the corner. We practiced that drill all the time and I remember the difficulty of explaining the importance without scaring them. I'm relieved it was never real. Now I can't stop crying.