Who among us wasn’t a little concerned sending their kids off to school this week? Ranging from being flat-out terrified to rethinking their child’s school entrance policies, parents everywhere were on edge.
Some parents kept their kids home and some went to the extreme of saying they would consider homeschooling, but most of us were putting on our best face and assuring our children that they were safe (while anxiously counting down the minutes until dismissal time).
One Nashville dad took matters into his own hands.
A United States marine, he decided to stand guard outside his children’s school, Gower Elementary School, everyday until Christmas break to be certain that all the children would be safe. Staff Sgt. Jordan Pritchard said, “I feel like this is something I had to do. “What this uniform represents, the hope it brings, is larger than any weapon that I would ever need.”
Pritchard is unarmed but feels that the sight of a U.S. marine would deter anyone considering harming the school. The parents at Gower Elementary say they feel comforted by it.
“Boy, you don’t know how much better I feel having you standing here,” said a fellow father at the school, Billy Hester.
Would the presence of the military or even police at your child’s school comfort you? Do you think it would help at every school in our country?
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