I am a former homeschooling mom -- my kids entered public school for the first time this year. This is not a rant against public schools, I am looking for honest assessment. We are considering returning to homeschooling after learning more about our public school environment.
My kids are in 2nd and 4th grades. The local elementary school has been fine for them, not great, but decent enough. What concerns me is the upcoming move to middle and high schools.
What worried me:
We recently had a high school teacher arrested for sleeping with 4 students. He is now in jail and will be for a long, long while.
There have been felony assault charges filed twice in the high school (student vs student). A friend was involved in pulling apart one of the fights and gave a bloody account. The boy being beaten was hospitalized with multiple broken bones in his face and a severe concussion.
There is an armed policeman on the high school campus at all times.
There was an unloaded gun brought to school by an elementary student (not the school my kids go to).
Our elementary school was locked down after an armed man was seen on campus. The man was not found, but several students told similar accounts of a man dressed a certain way carrying a gun.
These are just the accounts I know of -- a friend is a detective with our local police department and she hints that there are many, many more incidents just like this. Really? I am freaking out a bit. She says it is just the 'new normal' and not to get so worked up by it.
These schools are my only option. There is a very expensive private school, but it only goes to 8th grade. There is a Catholic school -- we are not Catholic and from I understand, it is not much better.
My choices feel very limited. There is talk of a charter middle school, but that is no guarantee.
I just don't see sending my kids on to middle and high school here. These are not safe schools. And these are just this issues of safety. The educational issues are another long, long list.
I would move, but I am underwater on my house. I cannot sell and don't really know that other schools are going to be much better.
So, it this the 'new normal'? Do other parents deal with these issues? And how? How do I talk to my kids about handguns in school?