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What Can You Do as a Parent

  • Talk with your student about reporting concerns to district staff or law enforcement.  
  • Be aware of all surroundings.  If something does not seem right, report it.  
  • If you have firearms or weapons in your home, please secure them.
  • Stay informed.
  • Listen to your student and help them process any concerns they may have.
  • Model appropriate behaviors. Demonstrate healthy ways to express anger and relieve stress.
  • Take an active role in your student’s education. Visit and volunteer at school, monitor schoolwork, and get to know teachers.
  • Get to know your student’s friends and families. Establish a network to exchange information with other parents.
  • Monitor and supervise your student’s reading material, television, video games, and music for appropriate content.
  • Monitor and supervise your student’s use of the Internet and ALL social media.
  • Watch for warning signs in your child/ren.
  • In situations such as the tragedy in Florida, an at-risk student shows warning signs. Some signs of potential violence may be factors such as:  
    • Serious drug or alcohol use;
    • Gang membership or strong desire to be in a gang;
    • Access to or fascination with weapons, especially guns;
    • Trouble controlling feelings like anger or disappointment;
    • Withdrawal from friends and usual participation in activities or events;
    • Regularly feeling rejected or alone;
    • Feeling constantly disrespected;
    • Increased loss of temper resulting in violent or aggressive behavior;
    • Frequent physical fighting;
    • Increased use of alcohol or drugs;
    • Increased risk-taking behavior;
    • Declining school performance;
    • Acute episodes of major mental illness;
    • Planning on how to commit acts of violence;
    • Announcing threats or plans for hurting others;
    • Obtaining or carrying weapons; and/or
    • Displaying harm or cruelty to animals
    • If you see something, say something!

Students in these situations will often share their plans with other students. Again, talk and listen to your child and his/her friends.