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dhile3803 posted:
Hi, our school system has chosen to announce the terms Bomb and Active Shooter over the intercom in their security drills . Our children are ages 4-7. Im concerned about the trauma this can place on their young developing minds.?
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sarah0323 responded:
Unfortunately it is the time that we live in. Our school does monthly drills like this. The Jr./Sr. High school has already gone on lock down twice this school year. (1st time was someone entered the building who shouldn't and the 2nd time was to search for drugs) Since our HS is right across the street from the elemantry school they both go on lock down. We have had conversations about this with the kids. The school has also explained why they do what they have to do to keep the kids safe. Do I wish they would say something different? Yes, but with all the issues that I have with the school this isn't one that I am willing to fight and as they have gotten older they understand more why the school does these drills. I was at the school board meeting when they set the wording for their announcement. There was alot of discussion but it boiled down to the teachers, staff and students needed to be made aware of the situation and to get the most accurate information out to them. The most effective way at our school is over the PA system. Our school choose not to use a color coded system annoucement. They thought that it would be too confusing.

If you feel really strongly about it I would see if there are other parents that are feeling the same way. Then go collectively to where these decisions are made and see if a different system can be used. They will still have the drills but they may be able to change the wording. Good Luck!!
Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
 
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crunk05177 responded:
Hmmmm that is a tough one. Although I want my babies to stay innocent for as long as possible, they have to also realize that bad things happen. I took my kids bike riding around the block the other day. I give my 5 year old landmarks that are in my view that he can ride up to but then he has to wait for me and his little brother to catch up. Well, he decided to turn the corner and keep going and was out of my sight. I had to explain to him that he can't do that because someone can come and take him. He was so confused and kept asking, "How could someone come take me? They can't do that!" I felt horrible having to explain it but he also has to understand how dangerous it could be. I think using those words would be very beneficial if god forbid the situation did arise. It is a tough subject to decide on.
Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (5 1/2) and DS2 - Nathan (2 1/2 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)


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