Parents consider homeschooling kids after deadly school shootings

After the most recent deadly shooting at a school in Texas, parents in the Tennessee Valley are considering homeschooling their children.

Posted: May 19, 2018 10:07 PM
Updated: May 19, 2018 10:31 PM

The latest school mass killing makes most anyone heartsick.

For parents, though, many can't help but imagine: "What if that were my child in the crosshairs?"

WAAY 31 talked with parents about whether they might rule out public schools altogether.

“As a parent, I couldn’t imagine," said Curtis Jordan. "And I won’t even try to say I can sympathize or empathize with the parents who have lost their child. I don’t know that pain and I wish to never know it.”

Jordan is the father to four and says he never wants to hear about another deadly school shooting after the most recent one in Texas.

“You never expect or desire for your children to go before you do," Jordan said. "It’s just senseless.”

And that’s why Jordan is looking for solutions to keep it from happening here.

“People are under the assumption that we’re in a safe place, that there’s nothing to worry about, let other people worry—no," he said. "We’re in the same position for something like this to happen to us as well.”

One of the solutions, he says, is homeschooling.

“If I had the time, I would teach my kids myself, and I would know that they’re safe," Jordan said.

Besides feeling his kids are safer at home, Jordan says the classroom can come straight to them just by going online.

“I wouldn’t be opposed to putting them in something like that," he said.

But WAAY 31 talked with one teacher who says homeschooling is not the solution.

“As a public educator, I believe in education," said Takisha Durm. "I believe that there are wonderful schools, wonderful students, wonderful teachers. And in spite of all that happens, I still believe that there is good in public education.”

Durm says resorting to homeschooling is teaching your children to run from reality.

“Even though it seems we may be protecting them, we may be sheltering them instead of teaching them to work and find a solution for the issues and not necessarily running away from them, because these things are going to happen," she said.

Instead, she thinks parents should join forces with school officials.

“Work with your school boards, work with your superintendents, work with your principals to help come up with solutions to these problems," Durm said.

Still, Jordan says he’d feel better about having an eye on his kids, knowing they're in the safest possible environment.

“I know there’s no possible way to ever keep anybody completely safe from anything, we don’t have that power," he said. "But I would have more comfort knowing that they’re home with me and I could tend to them and their needs, and whatever happens, I could be right there to resolve it.”

Homeschooling or not, both people WAAY 31 talked with say they hope this is never an issue here in the Valley.

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