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Holy cow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Incredible violence, mano a mano or on a large scale, have been with us for all of recorded history. We're probably living in the *safest* of times right now, despite freak incidents like Virginia Tech. How many of our rights are we willing to give up to achieve that mythical last step in safety?<br><br>
The students who were so willing to send a fellow student up the line like that are probably the results of schools that did lockdowns, locker inspections, metal detectors, drug sniffing dogs, all those civil liberty intrusions that are so common these days. Kids these days are being taught that this is the normal way of life, and free speech is the freaky, scary thing.
 

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dd;s school had a lockdown drill for the first time yesterday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't know if it was the V. Tech shooting that triggered it, or the shooting at a high school in the next town last week.<br><br>
I hear about schools in the area being shut down at least once a month due to bomb threats... I am sure it is students wanting the day off or thinking it is funny making these treats.<br><br>
The shooting last week was someone shooting in the school windows and injuring kids with the glass. It was another kid. I never heard if he was from that school or not.<br><br>
Oh and a few days ago I get this in an email from my daughters science teacher. I laughed when I read it, but then realized how sad and inappropriate I thought it was.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Second thing to mention. Many of you are probably thinking of school safety lately. Just to let you know, we will be practicing a lockout on Thursday with all students. Personally, I always keep my door locked and all I need to do is pull my door shut to keep an intruder out. In my mind I have concocted every conceivable chemical cocktail that I would be ready to throw in the face of an intruder, but know that safety is foremost on our minds here at XXXXXXX.<br>
Let's think happier thoughts:-+}</td>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">dd;s school had a lockdown drill for the first time yesterday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't know if it was the V. Tech shooting that triggered it, or the shooting at a high school in the next town last week.<br><br>
I hear about schools in the area being shut down at least once a month due to bomb threats... I am sure it is students wanting the day off or thinking it is funny making these treats.<br><br>
The shooting last week was someone shooting in the school windows and injuring kids with the glass. It was another kid. I never heard if he was from that school or not.<br><br>
Second thing to mention. Many of you are probably thinking of school safety lately. Just to let you know, we will be practicing a lockout on Thursday with all students. Personally, I always keep my door locked and all I need to do is pull my door shut to keep an intruder out. In my mind I have concocted every conceivable chemical cocktail that I would be ready to throw in the face of an intruder, but know that safety is foremost on our minds here at XXXXXXX.<br>
Let's think happier thoughts:-+}<br><br>
Oh and a few days ago I get this in an email from my daughters science teacher. I laughed when I read it, but then realized how sad and inappropriate I thought it was.</div>
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Wow - that is just very weird - less weird though when I realize it's coming from a science teacher - at first I thought it was from the Principal - and I was going to suggest you pull your DC out of that school.
 

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"Several witnesses told investigators the student said he was 'angry about all kinds of things from the fluorescent light bulbs to the unpainted walls, and it made him angry enough to kill people,' according to a police report."<br><br><br>
This guy sounds really, really off.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">"Several witnesses told investigators the student said he was 'angry about all kinds of things from the fluorescent light bulbs to the unpainted walls, and it made him angry enough to kill people,' according to a police report."<br><br><br>
This guy sounds really, really off.</div>
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Yeah, and frankly, if he's going to start talking about how he 'understands' why someone would kill that many people, then he really should be reported to the police. Arrested? Maybe not, but those remarks could easily be construed as a warning sign.
 

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We have completely left the USA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I don't know. I think, right now a lot of people are looking back at the shooter wondering "If only we had gotten him help sooner." I'm sure, for a while, at least people are going to be on the look out for people that have similar traits as the shooter so they can get them help and prevent another potential shooting. I don't think this student should have been arrested, but definately talked to to see if he was serious, or just doing it to create a stir.<br>
As for the science teacher, I think it's always good to have a plan, and to be prepared, as long as she doesn't become obsessed with it and scares the kids.
 

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I just think this is interesting in connection with the Don Imus thing. Lots of people looked at that as a free speech issue (when it is really a free market issue, no one advocated arresting Don Imus). Now, this is a free speech issue, arresting someone when they make a comment that upsets people.<br><br>
I don't think it is wrong to suggest that someone might need some help based on their comments, but arresting someone for a comment like this is very disturbing.
 
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