It just makes me sad……

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes. Earlier this week when my daughter came home I asked what she did at school that day. Her answer? “We practiced lockdown”.  She is 11.  A couple of years ago there was a shooting at out local highschool (luckily the victim lived).  Very sad.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

When I was a child, we practiced tornado drills, not lockdowns.  It’s so sad that this is what society has come to.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

 

MrsEME:  My highschool that I went to many moons ago was on the national news not to long ago due to the arrest of a 17 year old who had planned on doing a Columbine way of shooting. He idolized the shooters from that and was planning an attact earlier this year.  I have classmates (kids) to neices/nephews who go to school still not to mention a few teachers that I had that still teach who would have been affected if this 17 year old had not been caught. 

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Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: TBD

Ugh, its so sad that this is something that has to happen. I grew up in a very tiny town in rural PA where crime was practically nonexistant but when I was in high school one year we must have had 10 bomb threats. It seemed like there was one every day. I still remember leaving the locker room from gym class and walking through the hall and having a heavily armed police officer grab me and pull me into a janitors closet with several other students. That was circa 2008 and it only seems to be getting worse. I cant help but wonder what it’ll be like for my future children.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

When I was very young, we had nuclear fallout drills.  My mother’s generation had atom bomb drills.  It seems that every generation has its own flavor of the Big Bad Boogieman and a set of drills to go with it.  It’s a little comforting to know that all those practices for the phantom nuclear assault ended up amounting to nothing, and in most cases, the current lockdown drills will also amount to nothing. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Just playing devil’s advocate here – school shootings have actually declined since many of us were in school. The statistics used to fear monger in the media are typically over-inflated (i.e., if a suicide happens in a house in a “school zone”, it’s counted for some of the more sensational numbers). Events like Colombine, sad as it was, are isolated incidents that are exceedingly rare.

Take this, the National School Safety Center, a good source of statistics, started collecting data on K-12 violence in the 1992-93 school year. During the first five years, from 1992-93 to 1996-97, there were 26.8 gun murders per year on K-12 and university school property. In contrast, during the last five school years, 2009-10 to 2013-14, the average was 12 – a 55 percent drop

While 12 is still far too many and each death is heart wrenching, your son is much more likely to die on his drive on the way to school than in the school itself. In fact, he’s way more likely to be eaten by a shark, hit by lightening, or win the lotto than he is to be the victim of a school shooting. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I lived in a very small, practically no crime, town until I was 11. I had never even heard of a lockdown until I moved here. But it happened once at my middle school, and at least 6 times at my high school. 

It kind of threw me for a loop. =/

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