Communication is absolutely key. Always explain WHY to your kid. explain it again and again. I use so many things during the day as a 'teaching moment"... all the time. On many topics.
My son is 16 now, and I still do that. Constantly talking with him, constantly advising... and not so much leaning on him.
I've been lucky,, in doing this i've also trusted him to make the right decisions. I'm not naive and know he'll do things he won't tell dad, but typically, the things he knows are important,, he heeds.
---------- Post added December-20th-2012 at 06:41 PM ----------
I think having police in the school also develops a good trusting relationship with the children of the community (who in turn become adults of the community with likely a better appreciation for the community as a whole).. so the police have a name, a face,, and a good personality.. so when these outside influences that target police or music that complains about cops or glorifies violence comes along, they associate with the good person in the school.
Helps keep things in perspective.
Most police departments do outreach programs with schools, but it's one things to meet the nice policeman in an assembly once or twice a year, it's entirely different to see the same officer every day in the school, friendly, helpful and personal.
Not only would it help protect schools from attacks like this, but I think over time it would REALLY help with the underlying problems so many people seem to have that cause these things.
I'm known as an atheist, but I believe that the lack of church has been as cause for our problem. Not because of God, but because of commnities. everyone got dressed and went to church. they knew their neighbors, knew their town.
It's much harder to be so anti-social when you know your town as people.
The same token applies here. The police interacting personally in a positive way on a daily basis with the community always results in a better community.
---------- Post added December-20th-2012 at 06:43 PM ----------
Pay their average salary at their grade, and split the cost out on a national tax.. it would be such a small amount.. we pay so much more for so much less elsewhere.