The news of a special education teacher being shot to death in front of the elementary school where she taught in Tacoma last Friday, sparked fear in many parents throughout Western Washington and the country. Adding to that the shooting at a Colorado middle school earlier in the week and most parents are not only stunned but reminded of the dangers students may endure just by going to school.
Fortunately for those of us living in Lake Stevens, we have been able to avoid such tragedy within our schools. As parents, hearing of these incidents should force us to evaluate the safety of our students and become more aware of what is going on at our schools.
Within our district we are lucky to have proactive leaders and a heavily involved police department, but parents have to be aware of where their kids are and who they are hanging out with.
So many teens wander the streets of Lake Stevens, bored and looking for something to do. Unfortunately for many, that means creating trouble and breaking the law.
Are your kids one of the “troublemakers”? Do you know whom your child is hanging out with? While kids were not the shooters in either of the earlier mentioned instances, kids in town are bothering other kids, smoking and even having sex in the middle of local parks, in front of other teens, with no regard to themselves or those around them.
Parents need to wake up and communicate with their kids, know who they associate with and where they are when they are not home or at school.
Many parents have to work these days and can’t be home with their children, but handing kids a cell phone and thinking it will protect them or keep them out of trouble, isn’t reality.
Your kids need to know that you care about them, that they have boundaries and that they are not the center of the universe and they need to know before something terrible happens. Let’s wake up and take care of our kids!