Readers — Here’s a case I’m very curious about, because I truly don’t know how I’d react. First — the news report:
here’s a note I got about the story:
Dear Free-Range Kids: It is so refreshing to have a rational place to reaffirm my instincts, that we are not living in a world where “times are different now”. If I hear that phrase uttered one more time…
Anyway, today our town’s police department received some sort of threat in the mail against our schools. Neither the police nor superintendent of schools has given specifics as to what was in the letter. They are putting an officer at every school in town through at least the end of this week.
So, of course the rumors have started and range from a shooting to a bomb to beheading! My Facebook news feed is filled with parents stating they are keeping their children home from school for the rest of the week. They all seem to admit that it is probably a hoax, but in the next breath say how oh “so scary” it is and “what awful times our kids have to live in”.
My kids will be attending school. As if someone is really going to give the police advanced warning about wanting to do something! That criminal would be pretty stupid.
How do I stay sane amid all the paranoia without seeming like a heartless parent who doesn’t care what happens to her kids? How can we change this paranoid mindset? This “incident” will only confirm for all of these parents that we’re constantly in danger. How do we effect change on a large scale? I would definitely be in the minority if I were to voice my views if not completely alone in my views. – Rhode Island Mom
Dear Mom: My whole goal is to calm hysteria, too. Beheading worries? That’s just free-floating insanity.
That being said, I really don’t know what to do if faced with an actual, written threat, as opposed to the usual, generic “Nothing is safe anymore!” A threat is something that should be taken seriously, if only to determine how serious it is. Without knowing any details (and could that news reporter have said LESS in MORE words?) I really am not sure how worried or exasperated I’d feel. I’m curious as to what everyone else on this site thinks is a reasonable response.
Sorry to be so wishy-washy. I will defend to the death a child’s right to play outside, walk to school, etc. etc., but a threat gives even me pause. – L.