It was quite a punch to the gut this morning to see my former high school amid the headlines “active shooter.” Thankfully a teacher sprung into action and tackled the student with the gun and no one was hurt today. Sometimes, while very tragic, when these events happen in other schools it still feels vague. When it’s your own alma mater and you can picture the hallways, stairwells, classrooms and lockers you walked by it is so much more real. It’s been 12 years since I graduated from North Thurston High, and today every single one of those Rams has been on my mind all day long. Hug your kids extra tight tonight.