Kids Bringing Weapons To School...scary!

Lounge By BakerInHeels Updated 19 Sep 2009 , 8:37am by Elise87

BakerInHeels Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 10:54pm
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A few days ago a kid brought a knife to school and stabbed another kid to death in Miami, some witnesses say it was over a girl. Then I heard the news I think it was today or yesterday about another kid got caught with a weapon on his way to school, luckily he got caught before he made it to the school. Then I'm reading online and there were 7 kids were arrested for carrying weapons everything from a box cutter and taser to a loaded gun icon_eek.gif All of this is going on in Miami. There have been reports all this week about kids toting weapons to schools starting from Elementary to High School. 2 of those high schools I attended a few years ago.

I am so afraid to send my child to school. I don't want to even imagine what must be going through these kids heads. My husband and I were discussing possibly homeschooling our child because this is becoming too much. I worry when I drop my baby off to school.

hopefully this link works

http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/MI131649/

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Texas_Rose Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 1:08am
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I think there are problems like that everywhere. I've told both of my kids that if they see a student with a weapon, to act normal until the student quits paying attention, and then go tell the teacher quietly. They both know about lying down if there's a chance of gunfire...someone tried to force our front door one night, and so now we have family safety drills where the kids will go and lie down in their closet or under their beds and I will get my gun and act like I'm ready to defend the family against an intruder. The kids are supposed to stay in their room until I come and get them. We practice fire drills at home too.

It's sad that we have to worry so much about our kids being safe, both at home and at school.

How old is your daughter?

Elise87 Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 1:28am
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I am in Australia but i see in the news and on TV, American high schools with like metal detector machines for weapons and all that and it scares me they need them!

I hope this problem never arises at our schools down here and i am so glad that i went to a highschool where i felt safe and I really feel for students to have to deal with that at their schools over there.

Question: Are weapons legal over there?

redpanda Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 1:51am
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It is really scary, and it is even more so when it hits "close to home".

Even in the "good old days", things like this did happen, but they rarely made it onto the local news, let alone the national news, if there were no deaths.

When I was in high school (early 80's), a student brought a loaded gun into the band room in his backpack. I don't know how the band teacher saw it, but all of a sudden all of the students were told to leave their instruments and bags in the room and to go into the adjoining choir room. Once we were all in there, police officers came into the choir room and escorted that student out of the school. (He didn't return that year.) This event was hushed up, and never hit the news.

This was in a very quiet, upscale suburb.

BakerInHeels Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 12:38pm
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My daughter is 6. Everytime they have a drill at school she comes home and tells me all the time. So at least I know that they are practicing that in school. But I'm ashamed to admit that we haven't really practiced anything at home. I mean we tell her about not opening the doors for people or not talking to strangers, but as for home drills it never even crossed my mind.

I remember being in school and the only thing we ever practiced were fire drills, but not anything like this. When I got to high school thats when they started bringing people in with metal detectors to check us. But this was a once every 3 months type of thing, so anything can happen in those 3 months.

I just have to keep her prayed up all the time.

myslady Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 5:22pm
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Originally Posted by Elise87

I am in Australia but i see in the news and on TV, American high schools with like metal detector machines for weapons and all that and it scares me they need them!

I hope this problem never arises at our schools down here and i am so glad that i went to a highschool where i felt safe and I really feel for students to have to deal with that at their schools over there.




There are so many kids that do not know how to deal with things when they don't go their way or are so severely teased, harassed or bullied and no one at the school or at home seems notice until something happens.

In middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grade years), I went to a school that had metal detectors installed (and this was wayyyy before there started being local and national news stories about school shootings). Everyday we went to school we had to go through the metal detectors and our bookbags were searched.

During those years, I never felt that my safety was compromised or any less safe.

My high school didn't have metal detectors. One day someone decided to write on the wall the population will severely decrease on XXXX date. They wrote something else about about killing people. (I didn't see the messages just heard about them).

The school officials brought in metal detectors that day, just for that day. It took about 3-5 hours to search everyone.

Turns out the messages were a hoax cause nothing actually happened.

That day, I missed going through the metal detectors at the other school cause I knew when I went to school, I didn't have to worry about anything extra.

Mike1394 Posted 18 Sep 2009 , 5:58pm
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Detroit public schools is not much better. The issues kids now-a-days face are terrible. I would hate to be a kid now.

Mike

mcaulir Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 8:22am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Elise87

I am in Australia but i see in the news and on TV, American high schools with like metal detector machines for weapons and all that and it scares me they need them!

I hope this problem never arises at our schools down here and i am so glad that i went to a highschool where i felt safe and I really feel for students to have to deal with that at their schools over there.

Question: Are weapons legal over there?




It's already here!

I taught at a smallish school in the country early this year, and a 17-year-old threatened a 14-year-old with two butcher's knives right outside my classroom. Being 7 months pregnant at the time, I stayed inside. Luckily, a rather large teacher had a word, and the boy took off, but it could have ended pretty badly. Doesn't matter how big you are if someone takes to you with two butcher's knives.

At another smallish primary school in the country, we had two Dads with restraining orders, and we had to have drills to get their kids to the locked office if we saw one of the Dads. Pretty scary for a 10-year-old or a 6-year-old to practise running away from Dad at school anad lock themselves in the office. Pretty scary for the teachers too!

Elise87 Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 8:37am
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mcaulir: wow really! Hmm, that's not good at all icon_sad.gif

All i can do is comment on my area because i'm not informed of the situations in other places in australia but to my knowledge overall i don't think it is at such a high level in aust (correct me if i am wrong) then again no problems like that should exist in the smallest amount anywhere!

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