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Threat (tw, death, implied school shooting) (unfinished)

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The principal is on the loud speaker

And everyone is silent

my senses breathe a sigh of relief

until I hear what she says

the school has more police than usual

because someone made a threat

everyone is scared

but we don't say it

instead we bury ourselves in matrices and multiplication

pretend that we're gonna live  forever

a youthful fantasy for a generation that has ages years in the past two months

 

we go back to our studies like we aren't bracing ourselves for lockdown

like our hearts aren't pounding like our hands aren't shaking like we didn't know deep down this day would come

 

am not going to die huddled in a dark corner

dying a sitting duck is no way to celebrate this life I've fought to live

 

Schools these days feels less like a learning environment and more like a warehouse full of ready made martyrs

A surplus of names for a list 

we all say we're going to memorize but shouldn't have to in the first place

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Not quite sure where I'm going, but I'm going somewhere, that's for sure.

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8 hours ago, Short_comedian said:

instead we bury ourselves in matrices and multiplication

pretend that we're gonna live  forever

these are my favorite lines. i know what you're going through; when i took classes at my high school campus there was one serious gun threat that put us in lockdown for two hours. i was scared to death, and my teacher was watching the door, listening for footsteps up the steps, and he was ready to die for us

last year my English teacher, a sweet badass lady who has extreme anxiety, a DNR, and is ex-marine/ex-lawyer took us to an active shooter seminar. we were taught to look for escape scenarios in every environment.

i don't really have a point other than i feel for you, please be safe, and america is fucked up


holla holla get dolla

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i really loved this poem and the tension in it was almost palpable (it made my hair stand on end). a few days after the one in Parkland, my school cancelled the school day because of a threat, but the notice only came when I was already on the bus and on my way to school, so I really know that feeling of anxiety. stay safe!


all my love, benny

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