On February 14, 2018, a gunman shot and killed 17 people and injured 17 more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, making it one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history. This has heightened the national dialogue around school safety, a conversation that one family decided to bring to StoryCorps in Houston.
There, 10-year-old Dezmond Floyd sat down with his mother, Tanai Benard, after experiencing his first active shooter drill with his fifth grade class.
Originally aired March 23, 2018 on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Top photo: Tanai Benard and her son, Dezmond Floyd, at their StoryCorps interview in Houston, Texas.