I learn from my students. Since children are so honest, they teach us a great deal about ourselves. Today something happened that sent me for a loop and tested my faith. It was a lesson in patience and trust. I had to stay calm and be careful not to panic. Over the loud speaker in a still voice came two words that changed everything. CODE RED. What was code red? What did that mean? What were we expected to do? Fear and panic came first but knew that I must remain calm. Other teachers were locking their doors but I was unable to lock mine because I did not have a key. When I looked around in the classroom the students were all underneath the desks and in the closets, hidden from plain sight. They had practiced this drill before and they knew exactly what to do. “Come over here Ms. Davis,” they prompted, “come near us away from the door.” “If someone is out there they might see you.” Because I was unaware if it was a drill or not I immediately thought to place a chair underneath the door to secure it, but I stayed near the door anyway. I assured the children that everything would be fine. They remained calm and everyone except one child held it together. She broke down and cried saying that she did not want to die. I tried to comfort her by telling her that everything would be fine. Then over the speaker we heard the voice again. CODE WHITE. The students took a deep sigh of relief and returned to their seats. It was finally over. Those were the most intense ten minutes I have experienced in a long time. I learned so much from the second graders. One thing I learned was that when there is a code red in our lives we must stay calm and find cover in a secret place, a place where we feel safe until the danger passes. Pay attention to directions and when it passes, you must move forward.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.5You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7A thousand may fall at your side,ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. Psalms 91:4-7

Published by Eraina Ferguson

Wife, Mom, and Writer. Currently penning a memoir about raising my special needs daughter while earning three academic degrees.

2 thoughts on “CODE RED

  1. This is so timely. The scripture reference is so on point. Sometimes that code red can be set off by people closest to you, those that should have your best interest at heart, can be the very ones to initiate panic and upheaval in your life.


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