- Tanai was conversing with her son Dez on the way to school
- They discussed a safety drill at Dez's school in case of a school shooting
- She was surprised when Dez said he had volunteered to be a human shield
A US mom was left speechless after her 10-year-old son told her he had volunteered to be a human shield at his school in case of a shooting incident.
Tanai Bernard, from North Carolina, shared the unsettling story in a viral Facebook page, Briefly.co.za learned.
She said she was discussing school safety drills with her son, Dez, to make sure he was taking them seriously.
Dez explained what he and his classmates did during an active shooter drill. He revealed that the whole class stood behind him and three classmates after barricading their class door.
I internally went from 0 to 100 real quick. My child is one of only 2 black children in a class of 23. Being transparent, I immediately went to the, 'Why is my black son being put on the front line?'
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Tanai went on to realise it was in fact her son who volunteered:
Me: Why did you get picked to stand in front of everyone else if a shooter came in your school?
Dez: I didn't get picked. I volunteered to push the table and protect my friends.
Me: *immediate nausea* Dez, why would you volunteer to do that?
Dez: If it came down to it, I would rather be the one that died protecting my friends than have an entire class die and I be the only one that lived.
Tanai said she was astonished. She lamented the fact that a 10-year-old child had to go through that thought process.
Her post went viral, eliciting over 63,000 comments, 174,000 shares and 367,000 reactions. See some of the comments below.
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