After watching the news on the Sandyhook tragedy, my son who attends highschool told me that there's a teenage boy in his class who has threatened to shoot up the school on the last day several times. Of course this troubled me, so I asked my son if he teacher was aware of the threats. My son told me yes, so I asked him what does she say or do? My son told me that she ignores the kid. I was infuriated! So I spoke to the school police officer and I told her what my son told me. After I gave her the kids name, she brushed it off and said that he has a disability and that a lot of the kids pick on him. She told me that she has received several complaints about the kid threatening to shoot up the school and that she has spoken to him and his mother. I expressed to her that the threat is nothing to brush off and should be taken seriously as we continue to see this type of thing happening more and more. She agreed and told me that she would talk to him, but I left her feeling like my complaint fell on deaf ears. My thoughts were when is this cycle going to be broken? I told the one person who has the ability to stop something that can potentially be so tragic from happening and she pretty much fanned me away.. As a parent I feel like more should have been done and that a threat like that should not be taken lightly. This is the problem. We always ignore the signs and then when something tragic happens we're left there standing with our mouths wide open and our eyes pouring out tears... I'm so aggravated with this situation until I felt like I should find another outlet to voice what I have encountered.
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