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Thursday, October 08, 2015

We brought our kid home from school this morning because someone posted a couple of threats on instagram about bringing a rifle to her school and shooting the place up. The police were investigating; the school decided against a lockdown but told the kids that they were excused to leave if they wanted. So a lot of the kids left.

Our kid texted us to ask what to do, and we told her that it was her decision - and she decided to be picked up to come home. Some of her friends stayed; others went home. Some who stayed said that going home was giving in to the BS of crazy people, and the girls ended up having a very heated discussion on group chat. Our kid was distressed enough to step away from the chat - she didn't like being judged for her decision. It's hard being 15 sometimes.

And I guess it's a lot harder for some than others. We found out after the kid's soccer game tonight that a 15 year old female student has been arrested, and has admitted to posting the threats. She hasn't been charged yet - it will be interesting to see how that develops. If she's charged as a juvenile, her name will probably not be officially released. I hope the school expels her, but that may not prevent her from making future threats.

I told the kid that when there isn't enough information to know for certain what's going on, then each person needs to make the decision that she is most comfortable with. And that's why we let her decide - she needed to judge if she felt safe enough to stay at school. And then I told her: it's true that the majority of these threats are empty. But it seems every time a real school shooting happens, someone at the scene says: I didn't think it could happen here. So ... if there is even a small chance of something happening, I would rather she act on the side of caution than take her chances. Because I am selfish, and she is precious to me. And then I gave her extra hugs.
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    I would have wanted my Grandson home. No reason to take any chances. You never know if they are alone in their threats.
    2020 days ago
    In my opinion, the school should have made the decision and not left it up to the kids. Fifteen is too young to be making what might turn out to be a life-or-death choice. The girls who decided to stay may have done so for daredevil reasons which would later give them bragging rights. They were fortunate that their decision turned out not to be deadly. But they've proven their immaturity by condemning those who chose differently. Your daughter was right to step away from that chat and not fan the flames of the "brave" girls' self-righteousness.

    On a different note, I am in awe of your husband's and your calmness in this situation. I'm trying to imagine what I would do, and I have to say I would order my daughter out of that school! Otherwise, even if no one at the school ended up dying, I might die of anxiety at home thinking about the horrible possibilities. So sick for a country to have more guns than people!
    2020 days ago
    Not selfish, sensible and careful. We need to protect our kids if we are able, and fact is there are school shootings that actually happen. I'm sorry your daughter felt harassed for making her own decision, glad she did. 15 year old girls can be nasty. So glad all ended well.
    2021 days ago
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    I think she made the right decision. Better to be safe than sorry. 15 year old girls, wow. I totally remember being that age. You're super sensitive and some girls are just mean.
    2021 days ago
    Sounds like a wise decision. Its better to err on the side of caution and do what feels best. Glad that the situation was resolved, but sad for the child involved. Hope that the individual gets the help that they need. Give your kiddo lots of hugs from all of us. emoticon And a few for you as well. emoticon emoticon
    2021 days ago
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