Oklahoma mom goes viral in TikTok video teaching son active shooting drills | New
McALESTER, Okla. — Cassie Walton wants her 5-year-old son to be prepared in case of an active school shooter. So she bought him a bulletproof insert for his backpack, trained him to go to the corner of the classroom and hold the Spider-Man bag in front of his body.
“Be really quiet and still” to avoid detection, the 22-year-old mum asked.
Then she shot a video of the workout, posted it on Tik Tok and amassed 7.6 million views, 1.4 million likes, 76,000 shares and 44,000 comments, mostly favorable.
A few responses asked if such exercise would make her son afraid to go to school or make him anxious while he was there.
Not if it’s done well and in a voice without panic, Walton said in an interview.
“I hope people can have age-appropriate conversations with their kids and not scare them into not wanting to go to school,” she said. “Just make them feel comfortable talking about it and make sure they know what to do and what to do with their school so parents and school can work together to help prevent these situations from happening. breed.”
Situations such as the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 fourth graders and two teachers were killed by a gunman on May 22. Or the massacre of 21 first graders shot dead by a gunman along with four teachers, principal and school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
Walton said she held back tears of emotion from teaching her son life-saving advice, but felt it was necessary. She said it’s important for adults to communicate with children about the possibility of an active shooter.
“Just talk to your kids, listen to them, make sure they’re heard and their feelings are valid,” Walton said. “Just give them the love and attention they need because I feel like a lot of people do this stuff, they just want validation in this world and they’re out of ideas. on how to get it.”
Walton said she saw another mother on TikTok talking about bulletproof inserts in her child’s backpack, but didn’t buy one online until two days after the Uvalde school shooting.
She said her son’s school had already held lockdown drills, allowing him to model his training around those drills. She said her son followed the instructions, although he initially thought he had a better idea of how to respond to an active shooter situation.
“Every time we started talking about it he just thought he could be Spider-Man and just karate cut bad guys he didn’t even need a bulletproof backpack,” said Walton with a chuckle. “But I explained to him ‘no it’s a little bit more serious than that. Even Spider-Man can’t survive a gunshot.