I Actually Told My 5 Year Old Where To Hide In Case of a Shooting.

28 Jul

Yesterday I saw my first movie since the shooting rampage in Colorado.

When a young guy walks into a movie theater and kills 12 people and seriously injures 58 more, it makes you think twice about going to the movies. I mean talk about the definition of a captive audience. Those people didn’t have a chance to defend themselves or run. Why would it cross their minds in a million years that they would have to?

Walking down the hall way towards our theater we passed not only one but two theaters showing The Dark Knight Rises. My stomach turned when I saw the name up in red lights. I understand that business is business, especially in Hollywood, but it just feels so wrong to have that movie still out there. How about pull it fro the theaters for a few weeks and let us heal a little? I should know better than anyone that the industry would never do it.  I fight with throngs of double-decker tourist buses for parking spots while they are trying to get a glimpse of a celebrity, I know better. I read that Warner Brothers is going to make a sizable donation to the victims families in the near future. That’s nice. It would also be nice to not see the movie in theaters for a week or two, just out of respect, but you wouldn’t want to play it too classy now would you Warner Brothers.

As I sat with my 5 year old waiting for  Ice Age 4 to begin,  it was on my mind. I eyeballed every person that walked into the theater. What exactly was I on the lookout for? I was scoping out suspicious behavior or disheveled young men. I was profiling the audience. I told myself that if any adult walked in without a kid, we were out of there. I also told HB if anything weird happens during the movie to get under her chair and stay there. Should I have told her that? Maybe not. Was I being neurotic, probably. I did it anyways.

One of my favorite things to do is go to the movies. Am I going to let a psychopath ruin that for me? Yes, just for a little while and then I will be ok.

Just like after Columbine, I cried for days. After 9/11 I was a changed person. Every time I am reminded of the unspeakable acts that are done by people to other people, I feel it and it affects me. But I am not paralyzed by it. I am going to continue to go to the movies, fly on airplanes, send my kids to school, and even visit Israel. In the end, most people are good people, or at least trying to be.



Do you think The Studio should have pulled the movie for a week? Let me know in the Comments section…

4 Responses to “I Actually Told My 5 Year Old Where To Hide In Case of a Shooting.”

  1. Jennifer July 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    It’s not that unusual that you told her where to hide. Did you know they do lockdown drills at school?

    • 90210mom July 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      I didn’t know that! I don’t feel so crazy now ;)

  2. jp July 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    No. The less attention and the less changes these mad men force the better. Some are out for fame. Attention, even if negative is attention. News outlets playing the events over and over and then coming up with supposed latest developments are giving them what they want.

  3. Jennifer July 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I was volunteering one day in my son’s class in 1st grade when they did the lockdown drill. It was pretty freaky. We all had to hide inside the classroom while the teacher locked the door. Then, it was complete silence. All you heard was the sound of someone trying to open the classroom door (they were checking that we did what we were supposed to, but it sounded like someone was trying to come in!) It was intense, but the kids were totally fine about it.

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