Children need to know danger posed by guns
I am the parent of a student who is in the same class with the child who brought the gun to school, and I have a couple of comments I would like to share.
First, we are very thankful that no student or faculty member was injured during this incident. When I received the call from the school about what had happened, my heart sank. I want to applaud how the school handled and communicated the entire situation.
I do not want my comments to be taken as a referendum on gun control; nothing could be further from the truth. My comments are in fact about "parent control." Whether we like it or not, times have changed, and, as parents, it is our job to protect our children. When they are at our side, it is easier. When they are away from us, that is when it can be the hardest.
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We all want our children to remain innocent as long as possible but we need to make certain that children understand that bad things can happen and sometimes do.
Our children need to know that if they see a gun or any type of weapon, it is OK to tell an adult, and that is not being a tattletail.
Our children have grown up in the video game age where regardless of whether the good guys or bad guys die in a game, all they have to do is hit reset and they get a do-over. Well, in life we don't have the option of a reset button.
I have taught my children what can happen to any living creature when it is struck by a bullet, and all parents need to do the same. This is not only for parents who might have a gun in the home but also for parents who don't, because you never know whose home might have one or, God forbid, if another child brings one to school.
We will never know the real reason this child brought a gun to school, and in actuality, it really does not matter. If we have thought in the past that this can't happen here, well, guess what: It has and could happen again.
As parents, we can't always be there to protect our children, but it is our job and responsibility to teach them what to do when faced with situations that put them at risk.
So, tonight, please take some time to talk with your children about the risk they face every day. We do not need to scare them, just educate them.