It was a typical morning. We made our way to get the children to school. It isn’t much of a walk – roughly about 10 minutes each way. When we made our way down towards the school, the road was cordoned off and there was a big police presence with armoured police at the ready.
Later on fire services and an ambulance turned up. Traffic had been diverted and we weren’t allowed to cross over the road to get the children to the school.
We got sent in a different direction which took us the long way round. We didn’t have a clue what was going on. It’s not something that usually happens where we live, let alone right near a school. The teachers made sure they got the children into school as quickly as they could to keep them safe because the police were concerned that the suspect might attempt to escape and weren’t sure what direction he would have thought to have run in.
I overheard one of the Mums speaking to a teacher about what happened. I then went and asked her myself. Apparently there was a man with a firearm having a standoff with the police. He barricaded himself inside the building.
At around 12pm we got a text from the school saying that the incident had been averted and the man had been arrested for affray.
Rumours around the school uttered the man had explosives in the building as well as a firearm. He was also apparently a paedophile (although a serious matter, I don’t think that had anything to do with what had been going on).
It’s honestly scary to think that all this was going on right near where my children go to school!
When we lived in Liverpool there always seemed to be gun and knife crime occurring near enough everyday and I must admit it wasn’t a place I wanted to raise the children in. It’s made me realise though no matter where you live, there is always going to be a risk of danger around.
Our home town where we live now is more or less a nice place to live and I wouldn’t say that it’s a place where I feel unsafe, unlike when we lived in Liverpool.
It worries me though as in the UK, it’s illegal to own a firearm so it makes me wonder where he managed to obtain one from.
I’m glad it’s finally been sorted and the children are all safe in school. Back to normality on the school run this afternoon. I may just be a little bit more vigilant and make sure they stay close by.
As a parent you would do anything to keep your children safe.
This is quite a sensitive subject to be talking about, but have you ever been in a similar situation where something like this has occurred around a school? What measures would you take to protect your children?
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