This mother’s story about her son’s shooting safety drills is breaking the internet


In the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland, FL, there are tough conversations being had between students and parents and children about how to prepare for the unthinkable.


One mom of elementary school kids suggested sending kids to school with triangular doorstops in their backpacks, to jam the door even if a perpetrator shoots off the lock.

Another mom, Tanai Benard, had a conversation with her son, a 5th grader, about what he’d do in the event an active shooter threatened his school. His answer stunned her.

Benard’s son Dez told his mom that in the event of an active shooter, all of his classmates would line up behind him and three friends. That’s because he volunteered to be the one to push a desk up against the door because he’d rather be the one to die to protect his friends, than to see them all get hurt and be the only survivor.

It’s unthinkable that this is the kind of conversation a mom has to have with her son today, but here we are.


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