Few things strike us as painfully as the loss of children; we love them and would do all we can to keep them safe. Unfortunately, “safe” can become an idol, which shootings like the one in Connecticut reinforce. But even with new safety protocols just implemented, “safety” was not enough. The simple fact is this: As long as evil exists, our kids aren't truly “safe.”
This, of course, doesn't mean we don't try. Like the doors in your home, we have locks on ours at school; as you keep tabs on your kids when they're outside, so do we when they're with us. You watch who has access to your kids. We do the same. We run drills, we ask those we don't recognize to identify themselves. We train staff to never leave kids alone. Accurate thinking on safety is in degrees, not absolutes. No school is “safe,” and this should motivate us to do all we can to be as safe as we can.
Pray for our kids, yes, that they be kept safe, but also that we recognize how vulnerable and dependent we are on God to restore the world we have so badly broken.
Craig Dunham, Oklahoma City
Dunham is head of school at Veritas Classical Academy.