That should be a catchy, breath taking title, but unfortunately it is not. I am not saying that we don’t all gasp and cry and hold our children close when we hear of such tragedies, because most of us do. What I am saying is that this happens all too often. When I was a child a school shooting was as foreign as, say, aliens landing in the town square.
But seriously. This week we had a brush of this kind of violence. Well, how it can affect students. My 15 year old is in the public school as a 10th grader. There was a rumor on Friday that someone intended on shooting some kids on Monday…..then that person(s) posted on Facebook (smart, huh?) of their intentions. The school found out and had the person(s) put into custody AND had heavy police presense at the school on Monday and today. HOWEVER my child was still tramatized by the very idea. She wasn’t comfortable going to school, she was having anxiety or panic attacks, so we kept her home until after lunch. The school did a commendable job of responding to the threats (either real or imagined), identifying the culprit(s) and informing the parents/students of where things stood.
What I really don’t understand is how did we get here? Is it that todays children feel like they are immune to consequences? That what they do and say can hurt themselves and others? That they don’t think that what they do really hurts anyone because no one was hurt in the million shoot ’em up video games that they have played? I know these are all just ramblings of a mother worried about her children but they are ramblings that I need to get off my chest. And may be hear some thoughts and/or ideas from others that need to rant.
I am worried about where we are going from here. How can kids learn when they have to worry about their own safety? In a place, that by definition, should be a place of safety.
Blessed and worried. I have to go through another 12 years of this.