On Saturday, special education teacher Lindsey Smallwood headed to her new West Oakland school, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, to take pictures of her classroom. The trip didn’t turn out at all like she planned.
The following passage is taken from her blog, Smallwood at Large.
Dispatch: 911 – What’s your emergency?
Me: We were just robbed at gun point. We – my husband and I.
Dispatch: Are you hurt, do I need to send an ambulance?
Me: No, we’re not hurt. They took our money, took Chris’s money.
Dispatch: Where are you now?
Me: We’re at the liquor store across the street.
The liquor store across the street from the school. The new school. Where I just took the new job. The place where I am going to go every work day for at least the next year. That school. That’s where it happened.
Teachers: Do you feel safe on your way to and from school? What precautions do you take? Has anything like this happened to you?