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Are Your Children Safe in a Private Christian School?

This past week was a particularly trying week with the loss of 17 student lives at the high school in Parkland, Florida. And with this tragedy, now comes the endless discussions on guns, shootings, the second amendment, and the safety of our schools. I want to take a moment to examine the latter while skipping over the others. The media and politicians can deal with all of the regulations, and we can discuss the truth about whether or not our schools are safe.  You see, when these types of events happen, human nature immediately assumes the worst.  The mainstream media will capitalize on the event because they are all about news cycles. The longer they can prolong our thoughts on the safety of our children, they can continue to cover that story. Simply put, it is good for their business. Putting all of that aside, what is the truth about the safety of your children in a private Christian school?

The truth is that school shootings are not on the riseContrary to what has been published, we have not had 300 school shootings in the last five years. That would mean we would have had 5 shootings each month for the past five years. So where do these numbers come from, and why? One source, Everytown Research Group, has listed every shooting since 2013. If one delves into their research, you will find that many of the shootings listed are suicides and many others are shots fired with no one injured.  Some of those shots fired are just accidents with no intent to harm anyone.  Also, it should be noted that, of those 300 shootings listed, roughly 60% of all fatalities have happened at colleges and universities and not at K-12 schools. It is obvious to the casual observer that the data is displayed in a way as to cause alarm and fear. It is politically motivated.

We have approximately 133,000 elementary and secondary schools in America representing over 51 million students. When you do the math, that means that 0.0000005 percent of students have been murdered at a school. Another study states that students have a 1 in 2,700,000 risk of being shot and killed. (This is far less than the risk of being struck by lighting.) And while the death of any child is heartbreaking, the percentage of risk is hardly high enough to cause alarm. On a side note, none of these shootings listed by Everytown happened at a private Christian school, meaning the risk for serious injury at school is even less at a place like The King’s Academy. 

One last study was put out by CAPE, Council for American Private Education, and gives a student’s perspective on violence at school.

Percentage of students, age 12-18, who in 2011 reported... 

 

Public

Private

Having experienced violent victimization at, or on the way to/from, school

4

2

Seeing hate-related graffiti at, or on the way to/from, school

30

13

Fearing being attacked or harmed at, or on the way to/from, school

4

2

That street gangs were present at, or on the way to/from, school

19

2

That they avoided certain places in school for fear of their own safety

5

2


The facts reveal that your child is extremely safe at The King’s Academy or any other private school in the nation. I am hopeful that this brief look into the statistics of shootings will give you the peace of mind to know that God is in control and that your child is safe. Beyond the statistical analysis, Scripture is clear that we should not give in to fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

As Christians, we know that God is in control. Matthew 10 tells us that "the very hairs of your head are all numbered." And He also tells his disciples that we have more value than the sparrows, so we are not to give into the spirit of fear. Lastly, in Matthew 6, Jesus reminds us of how His heavenly father takes care of the lilies of the field, the birds in the air, and states how much more will He take care of us.

God loves us, and He loves your child.  God loves The King’s Academy and ultimately, He is our Protector. We will continue to be proactive in our lockdown drills, buying the latest equipment for safety, and being prepared for emergencies. But in the end, our hope and our trust is in the Lord. Let’s not give in to the spirit of fear.

In Him,

Scott Meadows
Head of School, The King’s Academy

Posted by kriss.hayward on Wednesday February, 21, 2018 at 08:34AM

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