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Shocked Mom Asks Why Her Black Son Was Put On Front Line During Shooting Drills, Doesn’t Expect This Response
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Shocked Mom Asks Why Her Black Son Was Put On Front Line During Shooting Drills, Doesn’t Expect This Response

In the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, parents are having tough conversations with their children about how to prepare for the unthinkable. One of them, Tanai Bernard, a teacher from Texas, had an exchange with her son Dezmond, asking him about safety drills in his school. The single mom wanted to make sure that her 10-year-old boy was taking them seriously and wasn’t using them “as a time to socialize and goof off.” His, answer, however, shocked Tanai so much, she just had to share it on Facebook. Scroll down to read Dezmond’s words that have accumulated over 310K reactions and 150K shares, and let us know what you think about them in the comments!

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Meet Dezmond, a 5th-grader who shocked his mom by describing his school safety drill

Their exchange has accumulated over 310K reactions and 150K shares on Facebook

And it’s a perfect example of parenting done right

Moved by his words, people applauded Dezmond for his bravery

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Nadine Ducca
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4 years ago

It's so sad, disturbing and disgusting that children growing up in what is considered one of the most advanced and important countries in the world have to be trained on how to react in the even of mass school shootings. Things have gotten out of hand when the fear and the possibility of it happening are so real that teachers must prepare their students. When I was little and growing up in Southern California, we had fire drills and earthquake drills, but drilling for the (ever more likely) chance of having a psycopath break in and gun children down? Chilling.

Matthew Hyder
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4 years ago

Yeah, I'm from around Austin, Texas, but I grew up in the 90's and early 00's and I don't remember having anything like this happen. :(

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Mark Fuller
Community Member
4 years ago

While your son's selflessness is beautiful and commendable, the fact that kids in the US even have to do such drills is so tragic. The U.K. is faaaar from perfect, but there's some things we have got right: And not giving everyone a constitutional right to bear firearms is one of them.

Parmeisan
Community Member
4 years ago

Technically, (as I understand it), the Americans don't have that constitutional right, either. What they have is the right to form and arm a local militia (and not even specifically guns). Somehow through public misunderstanding and continual support of that notion through precedence in courts, it has morphed into being nearly the same thing.

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Petar
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4 years ago

There is something fundamentally F-ed up in the mentality of the average american! Sorry but if this an example of 'the greatest country' in the world I can't imagine the worst. Such drills were typical for countries that are actively involved in military action on their soil. To put a black paper over the window, to cover it.... What?! This really sounds like they are expecting this to happen every day. What about gun control and not sell M16 to everyone? The rest of the world is doing just fine without the "constitutional rights" or "patriotic thoughts" (laughable things in this context) being violated.. ;)

Mia D
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4 years ago

It's effed up for sure. As an American kid, it's ridiculous I have to worry about this stuff. I'm going into highschool next year, and this stuff is honestly insane. It stinks we have to prepare for this, but with an unstable president (to say the very least), and no immediate action being taken, it seems like it's probably the best thing to do. It's horrible we've had SO many shootings this year, it's unexceptable. The amendment people are using as evidence to prevent gun control laws is outdated and was made in a very different time. It allows Americans to have "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" which is also the "right to bear arms". Its outdated doesn't exactly apply to today. Our president is more interested in the financial benefits than the lives of kids like me, and it's scary. I feel like we've been desensitised to these things, because in any other first world country, one incident like Columbine or Sandy Hook or Parkland would be

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
4 years ago

It's so sad, disturbing and disgusting that children growing up in what is considered one of the most advanced and important countries in the world have to be trained on how to react in the even of mass school shootings. Things have gotten out of hand when the fear and the possibility of it happening are so real that teachers must prepare their students. When I was little and growing up in Southern California, we had fire drills and earthquake drills, but drilling for the (ever more likely) chance of having a psycopath break in and gun children down? Chilling.

Matthew Hyder
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, I'm from around Austin, Texas, but I grew up in the 90's and early 00's and I don't remember having anything like this happen. :(

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Mark Fuller
Community Member
4 years ago

While your son's selflessness is beautiful and commendable, the fact that kids in the US even have to do such drills is so tragic. The U.K. is faaaar from perfect, but there's some things we have got right: And not giving everyone a constitutional right to bear firearms is one of them.

Parmeisan
Community Member
4 years ago

Technically, (as I understand it), the Americans don't have that constitutional right, either. What they have is the right to form and arm a local militia (and not even specifically guns). Somehow through public misunderstanding and continual support of that notion through precedence in courts, it has morphed into being nearly the same thing.

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Petar
Community Member
4 years ago

There is something fundamentally F-ed up in the mentality of the average american! Sorry but if this an example of 'the greatest country' in the world I can't imagine the worst. Such drills were typical for countries that are actively involved in military action on their soil. To put a black paper over the window, to cover it.... What?! This really sounds like they are expecting this to happen every day. What about gun control and not sell M16 to everyone? The rest of the world is doing just fine without the "constitutional rights" or "patriotic thoughts" (laughable things in this context) being violated.. ;)

Mia D
Community Member
4 years ago

It's effed up for sure. As an American kid, it's ridiculous I have to worry about this stuff. I'm going into highschool next year, and this stuff is honestly insane. It stinks we have to prepare for this, but with an unstable president (to say the very least), and no immediate action being taken, it seems like it's probably the best thing to do. It's horrible we've had SO many shootings this year, it's unexceptable. The amendment people are using as evidence to prevent gun control laws is outdated and was made in a very different time. It allows Americans to have "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" which is also the "right to bear arms". Its outdated doesn't exactly apply to today. Our president is more interested in the financial benefits than the lives of kids like me, and it's scary. I feel like we've been desensitised to these things, because in any other first world country, one incident like Columbine or Sandy Hook or Parkland would be

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