Gabriella had an overexciting week last week. On Monday, rather than a fire drill or even an earthquake drill, the school drilled the students in what to do in case of a lockdown. In other words, how to protect themselves if a psycho with a gun breaks into the school. (Incidentally, the answer is barricades, silence and ignoring claims to be the police.)
To us naïve Brits, an earthquake drill is a frightening concept. But a lockdown drill is downright shocking and a bit of a wake-up call. It’s a strong reminder that this is a country that allows people to carry guns and can’t stop them using them. The existence of lockdown drills is beyond barmy.
Tuesday’s excitement was the school bus’s engine catching fire. The bus was on the motorway at the time, but the driver was excellent and pulled over in time. All the children were turfed out of the bus to a safe place and lived to tell the tale. This event was so exciting that it made the local news and provided the Marin bus students a story for the whole day. Drama, drama, drama. That’s proper excitement.
But let’s hope that future weeks are less exciting.