Thursday, January 27, 2005

City Life....

Yesterday Noah came home with a note in his backpack. During the noonhour when all the students were outside, a gold car drove by the schoolyard and either the driver or a passenger shouted "hey kids" and waved a gun in the air. The students who saw it told a teacher right away and recess was immediately cancelled. The police came, and brought in donuts for the classes of the students who had reported the incident, and took statements from anyone who had seen anything.
Scary as this is, I am so impressed with the way our school handled this - they have really used this as a time to emphasize safety. They didn't go into detail about the incident so that parents could use their own discretion about how much to tell their kids. There were a lot of staff outside yesterday at pick up and this morning at drop off.
We told Noah exactly what happened - not to scare him, (he doesn't scare easily anyway) but because I think in this case; knowledge is power.
This is a time I am thankful for faith - Knowing that Noah is going out in God's hands everyday. Say a prayer for our kids today.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

4 comments:

Anonymous 11:27 PM  

Hi Lee, it's Tannis.....
That's pretty scary eh? Isn't it amazing how we send our kids off to school everyday feeling pretty safe with the environment that they are going into and WHAM!! something like this happens, it really sends you into a whirlwind of "have we taught them enough about safety"? "how much do we tell them?"
We recently had a situation happen in our school here in safe little Grunthal.... our custodian was arrested for child molestation and child pornography and the list goes on! It's only last year when Nick was in grade 1 that he was bragging about how the custodian had given him a hockey card. How excited he had been... as it turns out this was his way of getting close to the boys in our school. Luckily for us, it was only the one time. In any case this man is behind bars now but we sure had to teach our kids some stuff that we were not yet ready to teach them about! Kids are so precious and delicate, we need to pray for their safety everyday!

Darlene 3:42 PM  

I think it's great that Noah doesn't scare easy, and I agree that knowledge is power. A couple of years ago my friend called and said that her son called from a cell phone at Churchill High. There was a report that some students had a gun and so all of the kids had to stay in their class and wait untill the police found out what was going on. We all prayed while we waited for him to call back.

Turns out that it was a toy gun and that some kids were trying to scare some younger kids. Not so funny!

Elaine 8:38 AM  

Thats awful! Can't believe that happened. Maybe it was some kind of joke - not funny! But I am glad they took it so seriously, it is serious. And I agree with you talking to Noah about it. In this case I think that was extremely wise. You can never be too careful!

P.S. Congrats on your camera! Beautiful baby pictures! I too love taking pictures. I have a Minolta SLR, which I also keep set on automatic. I have been meaning to take a photography course but haven't yet.

Anonymous 10:38 AM  

Tannis - wow - that is a scary story...I get really angry when I hear how people take advantage of our kids. I'm glad it never went any further with Nicholas.
Dar & Elaine - that's exactly what I think it was - a prank. I may be wrong, and that's why I think the precautions the school is taking are awesome...but it is exam week and I think it was probably some high school kids with a toy gun...at least I am hoping!
Lee

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