Today is the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
One year ago, we lost 26 innocent children and 6 adults charged with their education and care during school time.
I remember hearing about the shootings as I worked in my home office. I cried a lot that day and thought of my son at his own elementary school.
I hugged G tight when he got off the school bus that day.
This past year, I’ve thought about how my son’s school would react in such a situation. Could a shooter get into the building? Would the kids be safe? Do the teachers and administrators know what to do in such a situation? Is there a plan?
Robbie and Alissa Parker, who lost their daughter Emilie, 6, had questions too. Questions they never asked.
The Parkers are passionate about inspiring more people to protect children before a tragedy occurs. As adults, it’s our job to be as prepared as possible.
Here are some helpful resources and a few posts related to Sandy Hook:
- Downloadable disaster checklists for parents and child care professionals (via Save the Children)
- Sandy Hook Parents: Remember Our Faces (a post from Save the Children CEO, Carolyn Miles, on Huffington Post)
- Is Your State Prepared to Save the Children in a Disaster? (published here on 9.12.13)
- Remembering Benjamin with Kindness (published here on 1.19.13 to honor Benjamin Wheeler)
- Just remember… (published here 3 days after the Sandy Hook shootings)