On my local news last night I counted 4 separate blurbs whereby rumors at local schools in the Tampa Bay area were running rampant. So much so that a
few schools called with recorded messages and some sent letters home to parents to reassure them that there have been no verified threats and that all
Some parents interviewed were not reassured by this and chose to keep their children out of school. Who knows how long given the current atmosphere
and paranoia so prevalent since the recent tragedy in CT.
I was a bit taken back by this in that the fear that has been established seemingly nationwide in the U.S. The rumor mill is in overdrive. I decided
to do a Google News Search with the phrase gun rumors at schools
and i was astounded at the return. Take a look...
gun rumors at school
Seemingly epidemic imho.
This hit really close to home today in fact.
My 17 yr old daughter called me this morning and said that one of her "friends" showed her a Facebook post of one of their school mates that created
a Facebook post saying that they were going to shoot the school up on Dec 21, 2012 and posted a picture of "a big black gun". She all but grabbed
the "friend" by the arm and demanded they go to the office and report it immediately. Which they did, after she left school because she was
Later that morning a couple of detectives showed up and questioned her about what she saw. She told them everything she knew and after some further
investigation it turned out to be just a "prank" this classmate pulled. I am not sure of what transpired from that point but I am happy she did her
due diligence nonetheless.
The worrisome part however, is there is this underlying fear that is enveloping these kids. I have a feeling the "home schooled' population density
is going to sky rocket in the coming months/years.
Does anyone else have any personal experiences similar to this, or more, notice an extreme uptick in these rumors as of late? This is a good a time as
any to open the doors of communication with your kids, talk to them, see what they're thinking, ask them what and how they're feeling, and be
somewhat aware of what they're posting on Facebook and other social media outlets.
Reassure them, their fear is warranted but cannot overcome their daily life and responsibilities. Take this opportunity to teach them how to survive
should they ever find themselves in a life threatening event. Teach them how to speak up when a situation arises that other people need to be aware
of. Just my own suggestions of course, but do whatever works in your situation.
Thanks for reading.