A Teacher Spoke With Her Son About School Shooting Drills. His Brave Reply Floored Her.

"If more of our kids grew up this way we could start regaining a wonderful world to live in."

Many parents are finding that they have to have tough conversations with their children in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the 17 other incidents that have occurred since the beginning of the year. One mother, Texas teacher Tanai Benard, had such a conversation with her son, Dezmond. His surprising response to her concerns, however, prompted Benard to post the conversation to Facebook in a post that has since gone viral, receiving more than 150,000 shares and over 55,000 comments. 


"My 5th grader and I were conversing on the way to work/school this morning," she began the post. "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." From there, Benard asked Dezmond, whom she affectionately calls Dez, a series of questions about the drills in school. When asked what the procedure he was to follow in the event of an active shooter was, the 10-year-old replied, "The teacher is supposed to shut and lock the door, put the black paper over the window on the door. Then myself and three other boys are [supposed] to push the table against the door. After that, all the class is going to stand behind us on the back wall."

Upon learning that Dez would be in front of his classmates, essentially acting as a human shield, the teacher said she "went from 0 to 100 real quick" and assumed that her son's race might have been a factor in his selection. However, upon further questioning, she learned that he had actually volunteered for the job. 

"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," the young boy reasoned. 

Benard wrote that "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." 

Dez's bravery and willingness to sacrifice himself for others, however, is being met with praise from people around he the world. "What an awesome young man willing to make such a sacrifice!" wrote one commenter. "So sad he even has to think about it!" Another Facebook user commented, "Such a brave and intelligent young man. If more of our kids grew up this way we could start regaining a wonderful world to live in."

(H/T: Upworthy)


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