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Chardon Shooting: Do You Worry About Your Kids?

How do you address this news with children?

A student is dead and four students are injured after a shooting at Chardon High School, WKYC reports.

Parents rushed to the schools to make sure their own children were ok, and tearful reunions were broadcast on local TV news reports.

In light of these events, do you worry about your kids safety? Take our poll.

How do you explain these kinds of events to your kids? Tell us in the comments.

Eulla Khayat February 28, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I agree with Debbie. I also hate that my first grader knows what a lockdown is. Kids should always feel safe at school and I always like to think mine are safe in Avon.It seems the only thing that will guarantee our children's safety is a metal detector,which is ridiculous. What has this world come to?
Debbie S. February 28, 2012 at 02:42 PM
The answer to this question depends on the age and the overall awareness/curiosity. My 12 year old heard about this from a school friend. We will share with her the facts of the case, but ALSO the fact that there is still only a 1 in 1 million chance statistically that a student at school will die from gun violence. Honesty is essential, but that doesn't mean every little graphic detail needs to be shared. We do not watch TV for the most part, and ESPECIALLY not TV "news," but we will help her find appropriate sources of information WITHOUT graphic images or emotional witness descriptions which would add to her stress. She is very empathetic and feels horrible for the kids who were shot and died, and she already has a skewed perception of the dangers of high school after hearing about the Craigslist case involving a Stow HS student. There is definitely a balancing act here between informing, protecting, warning, yet providing perspective.
joe ponikarovsky February 28, 2012 at 03:27 PM
there's nothing wrong with metal detectors. they're inconvenient, yes, but they keep schools safe. not just inner city schools have them, either; many schools in otherwise safe, suburban communities have been using them for 10+ years. not because they think something might happen, but because they want to try and ensure that nothing *will* happen. i actually found it odd that chardon didn't have anything in place and i wonder, how many other schools in the area use preventative measures like metal detectors, disallowing backpacks, random locker searches, etc? just having a lock-down procedure and hoping that nobody's troubled enough to cause a tragedy like this won't keep the tragedy from happening; it just tries to mitigate the damage.
* March 02, 2012 at 03:01 AM
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Jack Kelly March 02, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Chardon didn't have a plan? What are you talking about? Chardon DID have a plan and it was put into action on Monday. A school safety plan -- outside of students, staff and emergency/safety personnel -- should NOT be public information (and anyone who thinks it should be REALLY needs to think long and hard why it should NOT be). And their plans are coordinated with local safety forces. Unlike the quaterbackers who have ZERO expertise in this. How do you know Chardon does not do random locker searches? Oh. You don't. Disallowing backpacks? You've got to be joking. Why don't we have the kids turn their pockets inside out before entering the school, too. Good grief. People who suggest that metal detectors should be in every school is flat-out ridiculous (not to mention very expensive). Plus, you seem to be missing the point of lock-downs (and Chardon does them regularly) why they're done and put into place. The purpose IS to mitigate damage, etc. This was ONE instance that happened. A school can take all of the precautions possible, but NONE are 100%. Nor, is it possible to plan for every scenario. If someone is hell-bent on doing something, they'll find a way to do it. People need to cease using a tragedy like this to springboard into their agenda and/or using this as another opportunity to criticize/blame -- even remotely -- the schools (like so many love to do any chance they get).

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