“Next Fall onwards I will drop my son to a middle school everyday. My son tells me he knows the active shooter drills and the lockdown drills. He knows how to tilt his desk to create a shield, push the teacher’s desk to block the classroom door, use backpacks as blocking devices, and strategically hide in the corners and closets. He explains these tactics with utmost nonchalance and normalcy, as if these are same as his science homework. Why am I not assured? Why it feels like a war zone? I, after-all, live in the United States of America!”

–Dhrubodhi Mukherjee