A US mum has shared the heartbreaking story of how her seven-year-old daughter wrote a goodbye note on her arm in case she died during a bomb threat at her school.
Shelley Harrison Reed said on Facebook that there had been a bomb threat at her children's school, and while her sons seemed fine later that day, she noticed that her daughter had written something in purple on her arm.
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"Love Mum and Dad" said the note.
Ms Reed's daughter told her she'd written it just in case "the bad guy got to us and I got killed".
"You and daddy would know that I love you," she said, before beginning to cry.
In the Facebook post, Ms Reed says it was "absolutely gut-wrenching".
"I can't seem to shake this awful feeling, feeling of sadness, fear, and plain disgust for this new 'normal' our kids have to deal with."
She said she watched a piece of her seven-year-old's innocence be stolen from her.
The post has attracted thousands of comments and reactions.
One comment says that if she was raising kids in the current US society, "they would be home-schooled".
"Nowadays it's the only way in my opinion to keep them safe."