And here’s the note I got, alerting us all to it:
Dear Free-Range Kids: I was visiting a dear friend yesterday in a nearby town and drove by this sign. I was so shocked by it I had to stop and take a picture. I wondered what on earth it could be about – perhaps the school district is getting rid of background checks for employees? Perhaps volunteers don’t need background checks and fingerprinting? Perhaps the door to the school would be left open and unlocked for the day? I figured none of that would be true.
Turns out the story is that the school district is considering privatizing the custodial staff in order to save money. Sure this can be disruptive and hard to accept and distressing for those involved, but calling future employees “Strangers” and insinuating that somehow they are evil? Come on. I’m sure that the people they would employ would have all the necessary back ground checks, etc., that one needs to work in a school. Perhaps the new employees would even be residents of the school community! Does that make them dangerous “Strangers”?
Talk about fear mongering. I think this is a disgusting campaign, no matter what the reasoning behind it. — Deborah Halliday Mills
Me too! Not only because EVERYONE is a stranger until we get to know them, but also because this is automatically equating stranger with danger. As if it’s official: Absolutely anyone you don’t know is out to get your kids. Ugh. — L