Real Women Who Carry
Photography by Eric Dejuan
Written by Beth Alcazar
When the hand that rocks the cradle holds a gun.
"On February 12, 2013, instead of scanning the typical social media posts about upcoming dinner plans or costume-clad pets, I started to observe a disturbing trend in the news feed as local friends and fellow parents began commenting—at a dizzying rate—about an incident occurring at my daughter’s school, Chelsea Middle School. The incident in question wasn’t about a sixth grade food fight, a badly behaving teacher, or an outbreak of online bullying. There was a man with a handgun in the school, holding five young girls hostage at gunpoint in the gym—our gym, where we’d watched my oldest child play basketball all winter long. My heart sunk. I immediately felt sick."
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