Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Aftermath of Child Assault Prevention week at school

"And then we will go play outside, I will keep a lookout for strangers. And then if I see one, I will holler, 'Stranger' and we will go hide. And then we can go inside the house and shut the door. And then if the stranger comes to the door we will NOT answer it, we will stay quietly inside and the stranger will think no one is home and go away. And then we should know that we must never be left alone inside the house."

6 comments:

Navilyn said...

Well, at least she has the right idea! Epiphany Alone, never leave them home alone (no pun intended) - LOL

ps: remember that post you had about the accident near the 'bus stop'? Has everyone (neighbors, I believe) recovered from that?

Kicking N. Screaming said...

Oh good, now the health program can give our children eating disorders and the safety program can teach them to be xenophobic. What a fantastic way to build a thriving community...

John said...

And then we can just stay inside forever, cowering in the dark!

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

This reminds me of the Cuban missle crisis in 1962. Teachers were SO sure WW3 was starting we had drills to go in the hall, sit next to a wall and put our heads between our legs. I always assumed that was so we coiuld kiss our asses goodbye.

When they drop the big one I imagine it won't matter how you are sitting.

While the "don't talk to strangers" is a very important message, the rest I find bizare.

Epiphany Alone said...

@navilyn: I would assume so. I didn't know the teenagers involved.

@Lisa: That was my take also. How can they mess things that sound SO useful up so thoroughly?

@John: Right. Yay!

@Dad: And while we knew what a fallout shelter was, we never practiced going there.

I also found it to be an important message which was why I didn't opt Lauren out. There was an informational meeting for parents AFTER the program started (as is the way they do things in our school system). Since it was in the early evening, I wasn't able to attend. Basically, they sent home notes about what was covered. And it was well-intentioned. Probably better received at the K-2 level.

I realize part of it is I have a sensitive kid. Things like this are apt to jar her, so we spend a lot of time talking about how unlikely it is we would need to do whatever is freaking her out...make a safety yell, call the police, get out of the house if there was a fire...but it is good to talk about what we would do if it happened so we know.

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

I totally agree!