On Tuesday, I made a decision. I was plagued with the same dilemma that many parents across our state found themselves with: Should we send our children to school?

From my understanding, a threat was made against Kentucky schools on an online gaming site. Once authorities were notified about it, they reached out to the schools and, in turn, the schools alerted parents. The letter that I received from our superintendent claimed that it was not a credible threat and that we parents should know that the schools would have increased security in place as a precaution.

After reading this letter, I discussed the threat with my husband. We were on the fence about what to do. We trust the school that our girls go to. We trust our local sheriff's department. But when it comes to the safety of my children, everything changes. You see, I know what a child's body looks like when a bullet has ripped through it. I have friends who have lived through school and mass shootings. When I woke up that morning and went in to wake up my daughters, I just knew.

When I saw their little sleeping faces, I asked myself if I wanted to potentially live through another lengthy hospital stay? See another small body shattered by a bullet? Have to potentially plan a child's funeral? I knew the answer to each question was a big, fat NO. So I made the decision to keep my girls home and let them continue sleeping. Many parents may not agree with my choice, but unless or until you have lived through the trauma of gun violence, we can't have that discussion.

Anytime a threat is made – even a non-credible one – my children will stay at home where I know they will be safe.

Haley Rinehart

Bowling Green


(3) comments

Enough Already

Although I also doubt that this was a credible threat I can't fault Ms. Rinehart for keeping her girls home from school. After all, the public school systems have already shown themselves incompetent when it comes to educating our children. Why would anyone think they could do a competent job of protecting them if a shooter came to their school? I can already here the excuses from the administrators and principals. Why did they choose my school? I never thought it could happen here in Bowling Green! The excuses would have been plentiful and so would the CYAs, but the people bearing the real regret would have been the parents now second guessing themselves for sending their child to school that day...


Drama Queen.

Absolutely Positively

The decision wasn't difficult for her. She's an outspoken anti-gun advocate. The threat, such as it was, didn't specify which of our over 1400 public schools was to be targeted.

To keep your child home over such a non-threat is a laughable overreaction. Or, more likely, it's an opportunity to partake in some virtue signaling with a letter to the paper. No one would write this kind of letter about this situation unless they had an axe to grind.

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