My son, 12, is old enough to pay attention to current events. He has heard about various school shootings. He has also noticed that I work in a low-income, high crime area. He has noticed we lose at least one student a year to gang violence. He knows we have a police officer and multiple security guards walking the halls. He knows many of them by name.
What he hasn't realized yet are the following: we have had teachers hurt by students, we have had kids bring weapons to school, (thankfully, no one hurt, yet), and we have had students go to jail for assault, rape and murder.
Sometimes it feels like my calling to serve poor refugees where they are is in conflict with my primary responsibility of parenting. I'm a single parent, my kids can't afford to have me hurt or killed. (Not that I think it's such a great idea, either.) Problem is, if all the good teachers bail, what happens to the kids, especially my refugees, whose only crime is being poor? I welcome your thoughts.