It’s terrible that children today have to deal with bomb threats and school shootings, said the parents of an Odyssey Charter School student.
A Delaware mom is having a hard time shaking off a gut-wrenching experience after two of her children were involved in a school bomb threat.
Recently, Shelley Harrison Reed was brought to tears when she saw a little piece of her 7-year-old’s innocence “stolen away” after a school lockdown.
Shelley told The Hill on February 7, her daughter was attending class at the Wilmington elementary school when officials declared a lockdown in response to a bomb threat made to the building.
Her 7-year-old, Vanessa, hid in her classroom and her 10-year-old brother, Sean, was also on campus. Shelley said her daughter wrote a chilling note to her parents at the time of the incident.
However, it wasn’t until the little girl was home and was changing out of her uniform that her mother noticed something written on her arm.
So my kids school had a genuine lockdown today. Some whack job called in a bomb threat ?? Police came and everything…
A note was written in marker and read:
“Love mom and dad.”
Shelley said the heartbreaking message really hit a nerve and she shared it with other parents on Facebook.
The mom wrote the message after her children made it home from school safely. She told The Hill she wasn’t expecting the post to go viral. Shelley wrote:
So my kid’s school had a genuine lockdown today. Some whack job called in a bomb threat. Police came and everything was fine, Thank God!”
It wasn’t until later when Vanessa was changing out of her school uniform that I saw this on her arm.
I say to her, why did you write that on your arm? She says, in case the bad guy got to us and I got killed, you and daddy would know that I love you, and she started to cry.
The mother said she was “crushed and brought to tears” and took to Facebook to express her sadness after taking time to process the classroom incident.
“I was just simply posting my emotions when it happened and I wanted to share that, as I said in the post, with the other moms that had gone through that, that day.”
Parents on social media were equally disturbed by the event and expressed their frustration and fears on social media. One commenter wrote:
I’m crying just reading this … terrible.
Breaks my heart. My 15-year-old son says he has created an escape plan for every one of his classes in the event of an active shooter. I broke down in tears that my beautiful son worries about that rather than girls and sports and all the fun stuff teens should think about. God Bless her.
Shelley said it feels like her family got a punch to the gut following the threat of school violence. Her husband Jeff Reed told Today:
“I teared up, because I’m ‘Daddy,’ I am the one who keeps her safe. She’s Daddy’s girl. That was a moment where I realized I had no control over her safety outside of my home.”
The children’s New Castle County school has offered therapy to students deeply affected by the bomb threat, according to Yahoo.