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22nd-Feb-2008 04:31 pm
I just got this message from my sister, regarding my nephew's school:
That's what the ominous warning on the girl's bathroom wall at my son's middle school said:

"If you think Virginia Tech was bad
Just wait 'til February 28..."

Jake came home and told me about it yesterday.


Imagine my dismay when we got an automated phone call from the superintendent detailing that message and the school's response. A response including police present in the school, bomb/weapons dogs, metal detectors...

They are keeping school open and encouraging us to "not panic."

And while I'm not inclined to panic ever, I have to say that this is just one more reason why I wish I'd never put my kids back in public schools...because if someone wrote a message like that on MY bathroom wall, I'd totally know who did it.
I'm completely without words here.
22nd-Feb-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm completely without words here.
22nd-Feb-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
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22nd-Feb-2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
While I have agree that it's likely a stupid punk, most school shooters have actually given similar warnings that aren't taken seriously...
22nd-Feb-2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
*nod* Very true.

It's far better to take the matter as if it's serious and have it turn out to be a prank than the other way around...
22nd-Feb-2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Mind you, if it's just a punk, I'd like a few minutes alone with him. You know, to talk sense into him. Oh! Might want an ambulance on hand...just in case he's "overwhelmed" with the wrongness of his ways. *nods*
22nd-Feb-2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
And while I'm not inclined to panic ever, I have to say that this is just one more reason why I wish I'd never put my kids back in public schools...because if someone wrote a message like that on MY bathroom wall, I'd totally know who did it.

Yep. A definite advantage of homeschooling, fer sure. *eyeroll*
22nd-Feb-2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
It may be a prank but best to err on the side of caution.

I don't have children, but my niece and nephews mean the world to me. If something like this happened in their school, my sisters and grandmother wouldn't allow them to go to school that day.

Kids today and super evil and it's because of the media and society.

If school today were like when I went to school, in the mid to late 70s, it would be for the better.

Now I see the allure of home schooling.
22nd-Feb-2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I truly hope no one plans to do anything, as it's arrogant and wrong to think that having police and metal detectors can stop these things. It's been said time and time again that these methods don't stop school shootings.

It frustrates me to no end that society doesn't look at these shootings as a community/social problem. They're so quick to try and pin the blame on a certain group type/individual. Instead of healing the problem, they put a bandaid over it while it festers underneath.

That said, it makes sense that the school is continuing that day, since if they canceled school every time a message appeared, a lot more of these would show up. In my high school we had girls call in a bomb threat to cancel school to get out of a test. Sadly a lot of teens aren't beyond doing such fucktarded stupid things.
23rd-Feb-2008 12:10 am (UTC)
What a sad world we live in.
23rd-Feb-2008 02:57 am (UTC)
because if someone wrote a message like that on MY bathroom wall, I'd totally know who did it.

Your sister sounds like a tough cookie, and any child would rue the day if they crossed the line and did that...
23rd-Feb-2008 03:00 am (UTC)
My sister can kick Chuck Norris' ass with an eyelash curler and a stick of Dentyne.
23rd-Feb-2008 04:13 am (UTC)
We just went through the shooting here at NIU, 6 miles from where Larry works on Valentine's Day.

I home schooled Jillian from 6th grade right through 12th. And I'd do it again if I had to. It's not just the violence it's the total lack of respect for others that is causing these problems.

By 5th grade girls she had as friends started talking about smoking, drinking and having sex. That I could handle with education and I did. Because of her cerebral palsy though she got tormented by a few kids religiously. But the school would do nothing. So I decided to home school.

These bullying problems have to be addressed. Kids are taught not to go tell, to be tough and take it. But at time point some kids can't tolerate it anymore, finally has had enough, gets pushed to the edge and does one of two things, either kills themselves or kills others.

I think the school needs to take some responsibility and step in when it gets directed at one child continuously, or it gets out of hand.

I know it has been said of the high school shootings that some of these kids were teased for years. They know this is a big problem but it still goes on.

Maybe the child that wrote that on the wall has been tormented for years? No one listening or taking it seriously and feels the only way to end it is to strike back?

Not the right way to handle it I know but there's only so much some people can take before they snap.

Then there is the lack of respect.

Larry worked as a school custodian and the stories he would tell after work each night about these kids lack of respect for themselves let anyone anyone else! Oh my God! He also drove a school bus when he lost the custodian job and it was even worse. They don't pay those drivers enough believe me!

Larry is the most laid back guy I've ever known, in fact it takes a lot for him to get upset. We call him Eeyore if that gives you any indication of what he's like. He only has one speed and it is called "mosey".

Well, two girls got into a fight on the bus, he calls it in to the dispatcher and the mom has to be at the bus stop to get the girl off the bus. Well, she is waiting at the bus stop, pissed as a wet hornet that she is inconvienced. She then proceeds to bitch him out for over 2 full minutes how this is his fault. Say what?

She is mad because he just sits there ignoring her ranting and raving knowing that saying anything could get him fired. She gets angry because he won't argue with her or come out of the bus and take her on like she wanted.

She told him she was going to is going to turn him in to the superintendent, does, and blames Larry because her kid got hurt on the bus. Hello "lady" it's called discipline and maybe you might want to teach your teen aged daughter to keep her mouth shut and her hands to herself.

Her "special little princess" who started the fight was fist fighting with another girl had nothing done to her for the fighting. But Larry got called into the office and had to explain what happened as if he caused the problem.

Thank goodness they knew he was not the kind of person to cause problems and let it go. Someone else might have lost their job because a mother who should teach her kid to keep her mouth shut and hands to herself didn't.

So as I see it we have two problems. Kids that get teased and bullied and kids not being taught respect. If they would start teaching these kids to respect each other and to put a stop to any bulling and/or teasing the moment it starts a lot of this would not be happening.

Until then if I were a parent of a school aged child I'd be homeschooling.

23rd-Feb-2008 04:39 am (UTC)
I guess the terrorists really did win.
23rd-Feb-2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
What do you expect from a society which teaches its children that the only way to solve problems is with troops, guns, tanks, planes, missiles, etc?

And I mean that in the sense of disrespectfulness, not in the response of violence to disrespect. That's almost a given.

27th-Feb-2008 02:25 am (UTC) - sappsmum

I gotta say "ditto" to everything sappsmum wrote.
And that is scary about schools and shootings these days.

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