She is no dummy.
It's good, I guess, that schools and students are preparing for the unthinkable.
But I wonder what beyond the drills might be seeping into their developing brains.
A 2007 http://www.nasponline.org/publications/spr/abstract.aspx?ID=1850">study for the National Association of School Psychologists concluded that kids who participate in relatively calm drills (no mock weapons or SWAT teams, please) can increase their knowledge or what to do in a crisis without experiencing undue anxiety.
I hope that's the case.
A few weeks after Sandy Hook, my first grader and I were in the car, on our way home from her dance class. We pulled up at a stoplight and she peered out the window at the car that had pulled up next to ours.
"He just looked at me and he wants to hurt me," my little girl said.
Is that the conclusion of our era — that wherever you go, however safe your surroundings might seem, someone wants to hurt you?
That's where we find ourselves.
Society is tangled in discussions over violent video games, involuntary commitments for the mentally ill and whether high-capacity ammunition clips are a public necessity.
Will we have the courage to pursue solutions?
I find myself agreeing with what Sen. Joe Manchin said Dec. 16, 2012, when he seemed most affected by the horror and less cautious about people's reactions to his words.
"Seeing the massacre of so many innocent children has changed everything," he said. "Everything has to be on the table."
Better for the issues to be on the table than my little girls hiding behind one.