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As a Parent of School Aged Children, Do All the CopyCats Scare You?

Posted by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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Copycat Threats After Sandy Hook Make Parents Worry About Kids' Safety

Sandy HookIt feels like the world has gone mad in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Today alone, there were two lock-downs reported, one at a school outside Philadelphia and another in Connecticut again. And, in Ohio, a high school student posted on Facebook that he could "do better" than the Newtown shooting that killed 26 people, while in LA, another person threatened to kill more elementary students

The bottom line question all parents are asking is this: Are our kids safe?

It's chilling. And as a parent, it's our worst nightmare come alive. We all know the likelihood of something happening to our children at school is statistically so very low. But that didn't stop the fear I saw this morning in parents' eyes at drop-off. It didn't stop the sadness in the teachers' hearts and the tears I cried in my car once my last little baby toddled off, his backpack on his back, blond head bobbing obliviously down the shiny halls of his pre-k building.

It's a scary world we live in right now, and the fact is everyone is afraid.

Everyone was wondering if it was "really" safe to send our kids today. After leaving my son, I immediately wanted to turn around and go back, just to hold him one more time. But it is. It really is.

Even with copycat potential and lock-downs. It feels like the world has gone mad, but this is perhaps the safest day in the history of schools. We have all been through a collective trauma, but last Friday's events weren't a sign of things to come. They aren't a signal that elementary schools are becoming less safe. If anything, they could be getting safer.

But we are right to worry all the same. These school shootings do seem to get progressively worse. Even a horror movie wouldn't dare touch the mass slaughter of 6-year-olds at an elementary school. It's simply too awful to even consider. We are all traumatized.

Our first instinct is to lock down the schools, to jump on every threat, and to arrest any person who says something inflammatory. It's a good instinct and will keep our kids safe. But it can't last forever. We will go back to "normal" at some point. It should be our profound hope that our new normal takes threats seriously, examines mental health more closely, and understands that the worst can happen while also leaving room for the vastly more likely scenario that it won't.

Do all these lock-downs and copycats scare you?

 

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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natesmom1228
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Yes and no. My son was on lockdown a week before this happen because someone called in threats to specific students. I am confident that my sons school is as safe as it can be, nothing is fool proof.

JennyLee24
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Honestly yes, im terrified. I have a 6 yr old dd and shes in kindergarten. Yesterday was so hard..i did not want to leave her there. I cried all the way home. We all need to pray for the protection of our kids in schools today.
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Jessica198027
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM

There were at least 6 schools on lockdown today after shots were heard across the street from Clinton Elementary School. It was late by the time we were allowed to go in the building and then the cops were inside and kids were only allowed to leave if parents were there to pick them up. No walkers were allowed to leave until parents came to get them. I did not get home til about 3:40 and my kids get out at 2:55.Not really scared of lockdowns but they need to atop putting it on the news and web. People cannot copycat if they don't know about it now can they?

janitablue
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I agreed........

Quoting natesmom1228:

 I am confident that my sons school is as safe as it can be, nothing is fool proof.



CrazedMomof2
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM
We were also on lock down the week before but for gun shots being heard and man seen on campus with a gun.

I feel nervous it could happen at their school but I do believe they take precautions to keep our kids safe.


Quoting natesmom1228:

Yes and no. My son was on lockdown a week before this happen because someone called in threats to specific students. I am confident that my sons school is as safe as it can be, nothing is fool proof.

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