Another School Evacuation - What do you say to your child?

Another School Evacuation - What do you say to your child?

Los Angeles county schools were closed today. No, it wasn't a snow day and they didn't start winter break early either. A bomb threat was made which resulted in hundreds of thousands of children going home for the day. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of parents who will enviably be asked the question "why?"

My daughter started kindergarten this year and I learned that the public school systems in our area have increased the number of "drills" they run. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have one fire drill a quarter (and I say lucky because it always seemed to happen in a class I didn't like!) but today they have drills every other week. Not just fire drills, but earthquake drills, tornado drills, and even "bad guy" drills – as my daughter calls them. She explained to me that the vice principal will walk around the school with a squirt gun and pretend to be a bad guy and all the kids have to hide in designated spots.

Her story gave me chills. 

Why would somebody do this?

I was in high school when the Columbine shooting happened. I remember asking my parents, "why would somebody do this?" I remember asking the same question years later as an adult when the news of Sandy Hook broke. I still don't have an answer, for myself or for my daughter. But I do know that she is growing up in a world where events like these and much worse are taking place.

So what do you say to your child when they ask why someone would want to hurt them or their classmates? How do you respond when they see reports on the news of gunfire in a church? How do you begin to address a tragedy like the attacks on Paris?  

In this week's Empty Conversation, we talked about passing down our faith to our kids.  In the face of fear and tragedy my faith is all I have. I will teach my daughter how God brought me through difficult times. I will tell her stories of His faithfulness. I will pray with her and share scriptures that have brought me comfort. And I will show her how important it is to do this for others.

What do you say to your child? How would you respond? Please share your comments below.

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