The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air rap was a major part of most of our childhoods and now it is the reason a Pennsylvania school went on lockdown yesterday. It all happened after a receptionist at an eye doctor's office in Pennsylvania misheard a message from 19-year-old high school student Travis Clawson.
In it he said he was "shooting some b-ball outside of the school." Those of us who know the rape (that is to say, most of us) would recognize it. She didn't. She heard him say he was "shooting some people outside of the school" and called 9-1-1. At first glance it seems funny and we cringe for that receptionist, right? But it actually says more about our current culture than it does about her.
She did the right thing. It's just sad that she felt she had to.
After horrific shootings like the Newtown one and so many others, schools practice lockdown procedures and these shootings have become something we hear about on a daily basis. It is horrific and sad. We should not laugh at a woman who was just doing what we all would want her to do. Exercising precaution is exactly what we ask of people. But that does not make it any less depressing.
My daughter came home from school the other day and told me they practiced a special kind of drill where they hid from "dangerous animals" by turning off the lights and going under her desk. "It scared me, mommy," she said. "I could hear weird noises because it was so quiet."
I know every generation has it's thing. My parents were under their desks, fearing nuclear war. We had similar fears. And yet, this seems so insane, so preventable and yet we accept it as part of our culture.
She did the right thing and she called in her worries and yes, she probably feels foolish. But she is not foolish at all. She is brave and correct in what she did. It is our society that is foolish by allowing these kinds of things to continue and talking about arming teachers rather than disarming psychos.
Until we can come together as a country and agree on a better solution, things like this will happen a lot. We are in a heightened state of panic and fear. This may seem like a funny story, but it's really not at all.
Do you think she did the right thing?
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