May I ask for your prayers over the next couple of days, please? Part of the tiredness I was talking about in my last post actually is stemming from a situation that has developed here within our schools. It's actually why I haven't posted the last couple of days. It's so totally in my mind and heart that I've been totally blank with writing posts. I was even unmotivated to join the Christmas Tour of Homes, though I did do a bit of lurking. But I'm rambling.
I would ask that you pray forGod's protection in our schools and wisdom and God's leading for us as parents. The situation is this in a nutshell. My children attend school in an area of town where 5 schools are clumped together. On one huge block is a public high school and a public school for teens who don't do well in academics and would rather gain practical knowledge and work experience. On the block right beside it is a Catholic high school which my two oldest attend, a Catholic junior high which my youngest attends and a Catholic elementary school. The two high schools are directly across the street from each other.
Last week there was an anonymous threat made in the public high school which involved shoot ing stud ents and suicyde (miss-spelled on purpose) for this Thursday. (Tomorrow). On the news was how the public high school would respond. We recieved a letter from the Catholic school saying it was business as usual. Their words. Today Kay told me that for Thursday and Friday the Catholic schools (and I know the 2 public ones also) are under total lockdown. What that means is school is still on but only certain entrances will be used and they will be supervised. No backpacks, bags or coats will be allowed in the schools or will be searched. No one leaves the school. Once students are in the class, teachers will lock the classroom doors. Police presence will be in the public high school for sure and has been all week, in fact.
I ask that you pray that God would intervene in this situation, that everybody would be safe, that the police and teachers have wisdom. That hubby and I have wisdom. My knee jerk reaction is to keep the kids home. Then the other half argues that you can't let people who threaten control your life and the threat was not made at their school. I don't want to instill a spirit of fear into my children. I want myself and them to trust their lives to God and know that we are in His hands, but at the same time I don't want to be foolish and allow them to walk into dangerous situations. My two oldest want to go to school. For them missing one day is like missing three days in a semestered school. My emotions and thoughts are penduluming back and forth. I'm sad and mad for this person who has done this. No child should have to be afraid of being shot while they are attending school. Please pray it is discovered who it is and they get the help that they need. Even if they thought this would be a big joke. They still need help in my eyes, if they could even think to do this as a joke.
Now you can see why I feel exhausted. If you have any thoughts of wisdom that would be a help, as a parent, please feel free to voice them. Thank you for praying for all of us here.