In today’s world, children face many challenges that those of previous generations did not encounter
and could not imagine. There were those who suffered during the depression, war
and other disasters, but, as it has been said by millions – no one could ever imagine the events of 9-11. However, there is another tragedy amidst many other tragedies that we have faced, and will face.
Two figures wearing long black trench coats converge on a building carrying a bag of weapons. Utilizing various shotguns and semi-automatic weapons they begin to fire at the occupants
of this building. This is not a scene from a movie – it is what is known
as the worst U.S. school shooting in history. This is the Columbine Massacre. On April 20, 1999, 15 students perished – 13 innocent students and 2 gunmen. On that same day, 21 were injured.
Later we found out that the students were planning this for over a year. Others asked where they could attain such destructive resources and the mindset to carry out such a dastardly
plan. Some exclaimed: “Where were their parents? Didn’t they know?” This is where this book comes
in. Dr. Druck and his motivated colleagues have created a guide that has been
written to help parents protect their kids from violence and to prevent any violence that their children may carry out.
It is not designed as a “cure” to the sickness that violence has become. Society has become desensitized to violence. We see it in
movies, on websites, video games, and sports events and even in the cartoons that our children watch. We wonder where the resources come from. Just go to your computer
and type in anything and the answer – in detail – will flash on your screen within moments. The previous statements have determined the mindset and resources and now another factor has to be discussed;
How to Talk to Your Kids About School Violence
has outlined a proactive course of
prevention. It starts with parents
becoming role models in spite of their imperfections and the experiences that have molded them into the adults that they have
become. We want our children to live
better lives. There has always been
a focus on avoiding strangers and not getting into strange vehicles – but now we must include scenarios in which kids
bring weapons to school. It
doesn’t matter if you think that your kid is too young to carry out such plans, as mentioned earlier, violence and vengeance surrounds our children on a daily basis.
We must teach them to report weapons or other destructive mediums to adults
in authority. We must talk to our
children, in a non-judgmental/non confrontational manner to defeat violent
thoughts before they are acted upon.
Parents are the first line of defense and sometimes the persons that kids rely on as a basis for their
decisions. If we make poor decisions they may be cursed with doing the same thing. Open communication is the first step to preventing violence. The “that will never happen to my kid!” mentality has to be defeated if we want to protect our children. How to Talk to Your Kids About School
Violence includes the statistics, resources and game-plan for helping our children thrive in this difficult world. There are several “what-if” scenarios included to help you conquer the unknown
questions or subjects that you may face.
We live in a violent world and education and information may be the only shields that will protect
you against this violence. How to Talk
to Your Kids About School Violence may be one of the first steps in helping your child cope with the pressures
of society and make positive decisions. Even if you think that you have all of
the answers, keep this fact in mind, the questions have changed.
Reviewed by Tyrone Vincent Banks