Tanai Benard was driving her fifth-grade son Dez to school one morning when she decided to discuss his school’s active shooter drill with him. Tanai wanted to know that her son was prepared for anything that might happen and that he would come home safe and sound in the event of such a tragedy.
Since the last school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the discussion about guns in schools and gun control, in general, has been growing. With it, more people are discussing the fact that kids need to be prepared for such an event, and that it seems scary that it’s something children need to be learning.
Tanai’s son gave her an answer that at first surprised her and set off some mental alarms. However, once he clarified his role in the active shooter drill, Tanai realized that her son was not only brave but possibly growing up too fast. She shared the story on her Facebook, and it has since been shared almost 175,000 times and received over 365,000 likes.
Tanai began by asking her son if his school had been preparing them for an active shooter drill, a difficult conversation for a parent to have with their child.
Dez explained the procedures of the active shooter drill to Tanai, but there was something questionable about what he was telling her.
Dez’s answer was worrisome for Tanai to say the least. With the idea of an active shooter drill being an opportunity for systemic racism, Tanai was understandably worried.
Tanai tentatively asked her son why he was picked for such a role. However, she was not expecting the kind of answer that he gave her.
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