In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, police across the country are taking every potential danger seriously. So when a 16-year-old allegedly posted an online threat to a teacher, he was arrested without hesitation.
The suburban Detroit student wrote "a very specific threat to a specific teacher in the district," the sheriff's department said. Naturally, they feared that teacher and the students could potentially be in danger. Some of you may dismiss this as cops over-reacting to a moody teen's rants, but read on first. The story gets much, much scarier.
Earlier in the week, the same child was charged with making a false threat of terrorism when he told classmates he was going to bring a gun to school. Both criminal charges are being handled by juvenile courts and -- if guilty -- this kid will get the help he needs. With the gun violence that has plagued our country, these are exactly the type of warning signs we need to pay attention to.
I hope students across the country are being subjected to the same scrutiny. At the top of every parent's mind is still the horrific Sandy Hook shooting that left 20 children and six faculty members dead. It just seems so senseless. There are really no words to adequately describe a tragedy of that magnitude. The frightening lesson in all of the many shootings that that have occurred: things we used to shrug our shoulders at and dismiss must be taken very, very seriously in this day and age.
Apparently dozens of Michigan schools canceled classes over the past week because of numerous rumored threats of violence. If kids who are on the verge of violence get help before they actually do something, then this world would be a safer place. As far as I am concerned, there is no over-reaction to what is happening in this country.
What do you think is the best way to curb the violence in this country?
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