What started out as something funny ended up breaking a mother’s heart. The moment mom Stacy Feeley found out her daughter was practicing a shooter lockdown drill she learned from school, she realized her daughter may have lost all sense of innocence, having realized the reality that there are guns all over America.
“The moment she told me what she was doing, I broke down,” Stacey explained. Her daughter has been taught that in case you’re stuck in the bathroom and a shooter is on the loose, you are to hide in a bathroom tall by standing on top of toilet seats.
“I do not know what will be harder for them? Trying to remain quiet for an extended amount of time or trying to keep their balance without letting a foot slip below the stall door?” Stacy remarked.
Seeing her daughter conduct her drill has encouraged Stacey to talk about gun control. “No one thinks gun control will 100% crime control,” she said. “But maybe, just maybe, it helps 1% or 2% or 50%? Who knows unless we try?”
Stacey had posted a photo of her daughter last June 15, a few days after the deadly shooting in Orlando when Omar Mateen, a father to a 3-year-old boy, shot 49 people dead at a nightclub frequented by the members of the LGBT community.
Stacey is a devoted mom. In fact, her business is devoted to nurturing kids. She is the CEO and founder of Silikids, a company that provides safer alternatives to plastic wares for kids to use. All Silikids products are said to be made from 100 percent food grade silicone, making it safe.
Meanwhile, Stacey’s husband Jim Feeley is a character design supervisor at Fox Television Animation. His blog shows different sketches of characters that can make any child smile. It’s clear that both Stacey and Jim believe that children’s innocence should be nurtured and protected. This is why their daughter’s recent bathroom drill has sprang Stacey into action.
“I am not pretending to have all the answers or even a shred of them, but unless you want your children standing on top of a toilet, we need to do something!” she said.
So far, Stacey’s post has 40,000 reactions and about 4,700 comments on Facebook.