When School Shootings Become Expected

Mindset of an educator working in an era of on-campus violence

I keep sneakers under my desk at work, which is efficient because having them there forces me to change into my workout clothes before the work day is over so that I go straight to the gym and avoid even making eye contact with my couch. The other benefit is that I can run for my life if there is an active shooter on campus and I happened to wear heels that day.

Every morning, I scan the quad of the high school where a good percentage of our 2,200 students start their days…