While riding in the car my big (now 7 year old) and I were discussing Facebook and how old he had to be before he could have a Facebook account.
Me: You are too young to have a Facebook account. I don’t care what others do.
Big: well when can I have one? How old do I have to be
Me: probably around 14.. 15… about the time you would be going to high school
Big: I don’t want to go to high school. I’m homeschooled remember
Me. I know. I’m not saying you have to go to high school. I’m saying it will be the age most people are when they go to high school. You can still be homeschooled I won’t make you go to high school unless you want to.
Big: Good I was afraid you were going to make me go.
Me: why don’t you want to go to high school?
Big: because I don’t want to get shot and killed
I usually have words for him. I always play devil’s advocate when it comes to things like this. Trying to make them see all points of view before they make their final decision.
I didn’t have a good point of view for this one. I couldn’t promise him that he wouldn’t. All I could say was hopefully by the time you go to high school you won’t have this problem.
Truth be told, not that I’ve told him, but when discussing rather or not to homeschool the boys, this was the top five on our list. That was 6 years ago when we made that list.
Kids shouldn’t have to worry about this when they go to school. If my 7 year old who has never stepped into a public school is thinking about this, I promise you kids who do go to school think about this. It’s not the only thing they are thinking about, but it’s popped up once or twice.
Something needs to be done. For both our kids, and the teachers who not only have to know how to grow our children’s brains, but are now being taught how to use themselves to shield the kids. Does your job make you learn that? Are these teachers going to get paid extra for doing this?
Answer is no, and they shouldn’t have to. This shouldn’t be a thing.
I’m supporting a cause here in my home state. See if you can find one where you live. Something has to be done