According to Metro a shocked mum has revealed the heartbreaking conversation she had with her 10-year-old son in the wake of the Florida high school shooting.
Tanai Bernard, a teacher from Texas, posted the conversation with her son Dezmond, after she she asked him about his school safety drills.
The single mother wanted to ensure that her son was taking the drills seriously and wasn’t using them as an excuse to ‘goof off’. But she was left shocked when Dezmond, known as Dez, said that if there was an active shooting in their school, the procedure arranged with his class would me he and two other boys would push a table up against the wall and stand in front of their classmates as a human shield.
Ms Bernard said that she instantly became nauseous, fearing her son had been picked for the job based on his race, as one of only two black children in his class.
But instead, the brave little boy told his mother he had actually volunteered for the job to protect his friends, as he wouldn’t want to be the only one who survived. ‘If it came down to it I would rather be the one that died protecting my friends then have an entire class die and I be the only one that lived,’ he told his mother. Since posting the conversation on social media it has more than 68 thousand likes and has been shared more than 37,500 times.
The post comes just four days after the the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A total of 14 students and 3 staff were shot dead during what was the 18th school shooting in America since the beginning of 2018. Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been arrested and charged with the murder of 17 people.
Tanai Bernard’s post in full
My 5th grader and I were conversing on the way to work/school this morning. As an educator, I wanted to be sure he and his classmates were taking the school safety drills seriously and not using it as a time to socialize and goof off.
Me: Have you guys praticed a lockdown drill in class yet?
Dez: Are you talking about an active shooter drill? Me: Yes
Dez: Yes, we practiced it
Me: So tell me what you are suppose to do.
Dez: The teacher is suppose to shut and lock the door, put the black paper over the window on the door. Then myself and three other boys are suppose to push the table against the door. After that all the class is going to stand behind us on the back wall.
Me: The class is suppose to stand behind who?
Dez: Me and the other 3 boys. We stand at the front and they get behind us. *I internally went from 0 to 100 real quick. My child is one of only 2 black children in a class of 23. Being transparent, I immediately went to the ‘why is my black son being put on the front line?’ (Just being real) So I asked before I verbally stated my thoughts*
Me: Why did you get picked to stand in front of everyone else if a shooter came in your school?
Dez: I didn’t get picked. I volunteered to push the table and protect my friends
Me: *immediate nausea * Dez why would you volunteer to do that?
Dez: If it came down to it I would rather be the one that died protecting my friends then have an entire class die and I be the only one that lived Father God, it took everything out of me not to breakdown. I still have a lump in my throat. 10 damn years old and this has to be our babies thought process in America.
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