People all over the nation reacted with shock and horror hearing the news that 17 lives were taken Wednesday’s school shooting, but its an especially difficult scene to see for the millions of teachers around the country who can't help but picture themselves inside that Florida school.
“I think the first thought that goes through your mind is, if that happened, what would I do and what would be the right steps to take," Hills-Beaver Creek teacher Dan Ellingson said.
Teachers and students have spent years practicing what to do in an active shooter situation.
“You know where you would go in your classroom, the students would know what to do, but what would you do if someone were to come to your door or try to do something like that, thats one of my first thoughts, what would I do in that situation,” Ellingson said.
After 28 years of teaching at the Hills-Beaver Creek High school, Dan Ellingson’s first thoughts turn to protection.
“I think teachers treat students like they treat their own kids a lot of times, its really hard not to be that way with them,” he said.
It’s why seeing the horrifying realities the teachers and students faced in Florida is especially difficult for teachers.
“It’s just scary, knowing that they did not go to school that day thinking that its going to happen to them,” Ellingson said.
The day after the shooting Ellingson said he wonders how he would react if the unthinkable happened at his school.
“I don't think you can ever really prepared for it, you would know where to go and know what you're supposed to do, but i think being psychologically prepared is immensely hard to do,” he said.
He says his students brought up the shooting first thing Thursday morning, however their reactions were far different than his students from 30 years ago.
Ellingson says this shooting is also a reminder to pay close attention to all of your students and make sure anyone who may be struggling does not fall through the cracks.