How does a parent protect their own child

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Registered: 05-09-2010
How does a parent protect their own child
Mon, 12-17-2012 - 1:34pm

I have been completely obsessed over the Connecticut school shootings and the thing that keeps going over and over in my mind, how does a parent protect their own child from something like this. It seems to be happening more and more and all the time you hear about plots to kill classmates being foiled.  It is the law that your child has to go to school so what do parents do-homeschool?

Do you trust that your school is doing enough to protect your child from this kind of thing?

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Registered: 11-26-2001
Sun, 12-23-2012 - 10:03pm

How absolutely terrifying!!!  I know that I would be freaked out.

I seriously wonder about what in the heck is wrong with people today!

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Registered: 11-26-2001
Sun, 12-23-2012 - 10:00pm

I have a highschooler and an elementary schooler.  I know that they do lock down the schools where they go.  If you want in, you  have to go through the office once school starts.  The elementary school has now changed the rules that parents can not go to the child's classroom since the school shootings.

My daughter told me that they recently had an intruder drill.  I found that reassuring for her.

I think that the biggest question is whether your school is doing enough.  I believe that they are doing enough in my kids' schools.  If you feel safe about your child(ren) that should put you in your happy place.  I have to admit that this is one of the few times that I am happy that I live in a small town where very  it's very rare for anything to happen.

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Mon, 12-17-2012 - 4:27pm

It's interesting you ask this because homeschooling was an option from the start for us, but we opted for Catholic school instead and decided to go that route as long as we could afford it.  After last week's tragedy, I've been rethinking that decision.  I trust the school, but I really don't know what else they can do.  Install bulletproof glass?  Assign an officer to all entrances?  It's just not realistic to expect that of the school.

Our local newspaper reported that while the events were underway in CT, a man had threatened to storm a school and "kill as many as he could." He lived across the street from the school, and officers got there before he could do anything. They found 47 (!!!) guns and ammunition worth more than $100,000 inside his home. It's terrifying what people are willing to do.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 12-17-2012 - 1:43pm

Hi Nancy,

I too have been watching the news coverage of the shootings and finally had to make myself stop. It is all so horrifying.

Of course, I realize that while it does seem like mass shootings seem to be happening more often, the chances of me or my child being in one is very, very low. Thankfully authorities are able to stop plots by others for that kind of thing.

I understand your concern about keeping your child safe at school but I can't really offer any advice. I've been homeschooling for 19 years so I've never really had to worry about it. I hope others who have children in schools can offer you some advice to help give you peace of mind.