The below photo is of Army veteran Ed Chelby, who not only served for eleven years in the Army has a background in security, standing outside of his daughter’s elementary school shortly after the Uvalde massacre so as to stop any attack if it occurred while his daughter went to school.
Chelby, whose wife works as a nurse at the same school, Saegert Elementary, said that he couldn’t sleep after the horrific massacre in Uvalde took place, so he decided to email the superintendent and ask if he could stand guard at the entrance to the school.
Emphasizing the complex mix of emotions roiling around inside him, Chelby said “I can’t let this go. This is just a testament to the sleeplessness caused by the grief I experienced.”
Speaking about that email, Chelby said “I said I would just be out there unarmed to let people know that I’m watching. Let the parents have a little bit of relief.”
Chelby, speaking about the horror felt by many parents at the thought of a school shooting and the desire to protect them from evil, the reason why his stint as a guard was necessary for sleeping well, said:
“You don’t know if you should send your kid to school. You want them to get their education and their experience of the last days of school, but you want to protect them with everything you got.“
Surprisingly, the school went along with it and let Chelby stand guard outside the building to make sure that only those who were supposed to be there were there.
It probably helped that he had already filled out school volunteer paperwork and had started the background check process when he asked for permission to stand guard; the school knew he was a straight shooter.
In any case, the school was all aboard his idea and the idea of another parent who volunteered to protect the school, with the principal of the school telling Newsweek that:
“As I took time to check on them and express my personal appreciation, they both expressed the simple act they felt they were taking on of being present as the least they could do.”
“I was humbled that they demonstrated what it is to be part of the village that cares for each other. Neither one chose this task for recognition.”
Fortunately, his efforts were not just well-received by the school, but also by other parents. Speaking on their responses, Chelby said:
“I’ve had a lot of emotional people come up to me. They didn’t want to send their kids to school. They struggled with sending their kids to school. And I told them, I was like, ‘I got them.’”
One parent, for example, the mother of a student at Saegert, said:
“Him standing in front of the school, that’s reassuring – feeling that we get to go home and see our families this summer.
“The world needed to know what he was doing because I feel that, that’s sparking some sort of change to start.”
Chelby’s actions stand in sharp contrast to the cowardice of the responding police officers at the school shooting; instead of taking the next step and protecting kids, like Chelby, they sat around and did nothing as children were massacred inside of the school.
So, it’s no wonder his actions have been cheered by parents and praised by school officials; unlike the useless cops, he actually wants to protect the children.
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