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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

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marian

I feel the same way about schools lately. My son is thinking he might want to become a teacher and suddenly I'm afraid that working in a school isn't safe. It's crazy! But realistically I think the only thing you can do is to keep communicating with those close to you and really pay attention to your gut feelings.

Oddly enough, whenever my son insisted on staying home from school (which was quite rare, maybe once a year) I would let him for that very reason. Nothing ever happened. But I felt that I couldn't ever forgive myself if I forced him to go and something did.

Maureen

I just keep on deluding myself, letting myself believe that school shootings only happen in other towns, other states - not here, don't even think about it.

Still, when I'm waving goodbye to my stepdaughter after dropping her at the high school, or to my son after putting him on the bus, I usually have to make a concious effort to ignore the panic.

What else can we do? We can't let fear rule our lives. What a sad way that would be to spend our precious time here with each other.

Just keep on doing the best you can with each day, getting the most out of it while you can.

Will

But if you lose faith in the school system, where do you have to go? It's a catch 22 because the more security, and restrictions that are implemented, the safer everyone feels, but also generally the more annoyed everyone is. kind of like airport customs (arriving an hour and a half before the plane leaves) but perhaps my feelings on this are skewed.

Also, maybe I am just still young, and do not know differently - but we live in a very privileged society with very little violence, very little fear. I am certain that, at least in from a global perspective, your children are still quite safe, and while broken people can do terrible things (like a very exaggerated form of saying things we don't mean when we are angry), you can't live paranoid of the outdoors.I don't know... I have to believe in the people around me, if you lose faith in humanity, there is nothing left. I don't know... everyone has a reason for who they are, and how they are... and I have to believe in the best, and the ability to change.

This sounds so sappy... I'm sorry if I am just young and naive, but I can't help it.

My best wishes to all of you.
If this came off as offensive in any way, I am sorry also.

Will

But if you lose faith in the school system, where do you have to go? It's a catch 22 because the more security, and restrictions that are implemented, the safer everyone feels, but also generally the more annoyed everyone is. kind of like airport customs (arriving an hour and a half before the plane leaves) but perhaps my feelings on this are skewed.

Also, maybe I am just still young, and do not know differently - but we live in a very privileged society with very little violence, very little fear. I am certain that, at least in from a global perspective, your children are still quite safe, and while broken people can do terrible things (like a very exaggerated form of saying things we don't mean when we are angry), you can't live paranoid of the outdoors.I don't know... I have to believe in the people around me, if you lose faith in humanity, there is nothing left. I don't know... everyone has a reason for who they are, and how they are... and I have to believe in the best, and the ability to change.

This sounds so sappy... I'm sorry if I am just young and naive, but I can't help it.

My best wishes to all of you.
If this came off as offensive in any way, I am sorry also.

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