Re: What Message are we sending?
By Sharyl Whitesides-Yeisley
March 14, 2007
I want to thank Rebecca Clark for pointing out that it is a parent
s choice and responsibility to make decisions for our children.
Parents are legally responsible to make decisions for their
children that are in their best interest. It is only the parents
that have the right to make the decision if a child should remain
in school at any given time. We, as parents, do not call the
school to ask if our children are too sick to attend or to check
in on the decisions we are making on their behalf. It is my
belief that all of the parents should have been informed and
given their right to choose to allow their child to attend school
with a threat looming.
Gun violence is an issue nationally. My husband and I have five
children. Both of our sons have airsoft guns that are similar
to BB guns. We called around looking for gun safety classes
for them but there aren t any offered locally. When I was a
child, I was taught that guns were either for hunting to provide
food for your family or as weapons. Our boys do not have access
to their airsoft guns. They are in a locked safety box and only
my husband and I have a key to open that box. We have safety
gear, targets and my husband teaches them proper handling. He
supervises at all times.
My son went to a friend s house and that parent allowed him to
shoot with them. They did not call me to find out if I even
allowed him to shoot at all or ask if I would mind. My son even
knew he shouldn t have done it but the other boy was so he did
it anyway. As a parent, I should have been the person making
that decision, not someone else. My son should have called me.
But as we all know, kids do not think ahead about these things.
That is why PARENTS make those decisions that concern the safety
and well-being of our children.
I think at this point we should
be proactive as a community and educate our children on the importance
of gun safety and personal safety. Airsoft guns, pellet guns
and BB guns do not have to be registered. You can walk in to
Wal-mart and Tongass and purchase them freely. Even though these
are considered toys , someone can still be hurt. You can still
scare someone and the airsoft guns look very real. I would be
willing to pay for my children to attend classes if someone is
interested in offering them.
Again, I want to thank you reminding us that as parents, we need
to be informed. We should know what is happening at school,
what our children are doing at home and outside of the home.
The only way this can happen is for parents to get involved,
become proactive and remain informed.
Received March 13, 2007 - Published March 14, 2007
About: "Mother of five
children, volunteer in many youth activities, life long resident
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