7-year-old girl writes a goodbye note on her arm in case she ‘got killed’ during school lockdown

Jaimie-lee Prince
Feb 19, 2019
08:23 A.M.

A Delaware mother was extremely moved by her seven-year-old daughter who had written a message on her arm in case she died at her school, and shared it to social media where it went viral.


On February 7, the Odyssey Charter School of Wilmington received a bomb threat. Authorities put the school on lockdown and called the parents.

Like everyone else, Shelley Harrison Reed was scared to death for her little girl. She shared the story on her Facebook account, writing:

“So my kid’s school had a genuine lockdown today. Some whack job called in a bomb threat. Police came and everything was fine, Thank God!”


Thankfully, everyone returned home safe and sound to their families. Soon, Reed observed that her daughter was just as scared as she was during the lockdown.

She explained what led to the heartbreaking discovery:

"My guys seemed fine when they got home and they talked about it with me, and told me their versions of what happened and then went right into their homework and normal after school stuff, and all seemed fine."

Then, she said:

"It wasn’t until later when Vanessa was changing out of her school uniform that I saw this on her arm.... I say to her, why did you write that on your arm?"


Reed was referring to the text which read "Love Mom and Dad," written with a purple marker on her daughter's left arm.

Her daughter responded:

"She says, in case the bad guy got to us and I got killed, you and daddy would know that I love you, and she started to cry (as did I as I watched a little piece of her innocence get stolen away)."

Reed said that the fact that her daughter was "put in a position to think that thought is absolutely gut-wrenching and it's killing me inside."

She explained that she wanted to share her sentiments with others who might be feeling the same.


The numbers under the post proved that there were many who did. There were 150,000 reactions, 119,000 shares, and 17,000 comments.

Speaking to the Hill, Reed said that her message showed just how much parents are worried about their kids' safety these days. As for her daughter, she's still "harboring some sense of fear, but is almost back to "her normal self."

Another mother expressed heartbreaking sentiments when she wrote a letter to her deceased daughter who died in last year's Parkland shooting. Lori Alhadeff shared the letter online where it touched many.


Her daughter Alyssa was 14 when she died on Valentine's Day last year. The Jewish mother wrote about the following religious services.

"Rabbi Gutnick presided and hundreds of people came from all over the country. If you remember from Bat Mitzvah classes, shivas last seven days when a loved one dies. In those seven days, I got so many hugs from people who loved you.”

Another school that was put on lockdown this month was the Owatonna Senior High School on February 11. It happened because of some racist comments made by students on social media.

Owatonna Senior High School building. | Source: FOX9

Owatonna Senior High School building. | Source: FOX9

The school's staff put the school on lockdown due to the increased tension. The Owatonna Police Department later came under fire because of how they dealt with the situation.

Two students were put in custody when the police observed aggression from some kids within the gymnasium. Some of them refused to comply and were arrested and charged.

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