A response to Kelly Scoles’ letter:

Hello again, Kelly,

I appreciate your satire but question whether appropriate here.
You ridicule a book designed to assist pre-school and elementary school kids to understand how to react to a shooting threat by hiding, running, or, as a last resort, fighting. Absent adult protection, these suggestions seem completely reasonable under this set of grotesque conditions.

You did say, “As the adults are unable to address and solve the problem...” but did not suggest a solution. And that is the problem here - how do we anticipate the threat of child murder? What should reasonable adults do? How can we keep our children safe? Thank God sworn police officers are always on duty to help. But even the most professionally trained and determined force takes precious minutes to arrive, assess, and act. Most of these cases are over in a matter of minutes.
So, we need the fastest response possible, which can only come from the school itself. The best result here would be to disarm the would-be shooter. If not possible, then to shoot the would-be assailant. To be competent with a pistol (preferred carried weapon, or stored long gun) a designated armed responder must receive proper training from an accredited instructor. With proper instruction most people can become proficient at a good range (indoor preferred). Once proficient, the designated school responder should refresh his/her experience from time to time, to be completely familiar with carrying and handling his/her firearm, and accurate in its use. Obviously, this is an extraordinary responsibility demanding serious respect. For reliability of attendance more than one person should be so prepared. If lucky, a school might find a retired police officer or military person for the job.

Kelly, you say, “Kids, you may notice that no mention is made of any obligations of the adults of TX to secure your protection because they are committed to universal ownership of military-grade weaponry.” But Uvalde is the rare exception in Texas and elsewhere. My suggestions (above) are the anticipated rule. That little book entitled “Stay /Safe” would be useful only if a designated school responder were not present, and all adults were frozen into inaction, before the police arrived.

Kelly, (full disclosure) I am not a social media user. I despise it all. Social media has filled the world with rancid ideas, contrary to our Judeo-Christian traditions - like cancel culture and mandated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. By themselves, these three words promote a fraudulent new un-Natural Law. Diversity of itself is dangerous - to think straight is to discriminate good from bad, right from wrong. Not every idea deserves recognition. Equity, as Wokesters teach it, damns the idea of meritocracy, which seeks to reward good work. Inclusion, in Woke thinking, means everything must be mixed-in, never exclude anything or anyone - the very first bad idea: “...but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
But mankind’s greatest enemy told the most attractive lie: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.”For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
And eons later that same serpent said, “Men can make themselves women, and women, men!” And so, pretense became reality for them.

To be “Woke” today is to live that crafty lie.