Heading off to high school or college for the first time is pretty exciting. Learning new things, meeting new people, making new friends, and having new experiences are all part of high school and college life. It can also cause parents to worry about their student’s safety.
What worries parents most when asked about concerns for their child’s safety at school?
A 2006 Gallup poll seems to indicate that they worry more about what happens to their children while they are at school. This may have been due to the huge impact the Columbine Massacre had on parents everywhere, and the attack at the Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania in 2006. For the parents of college age students the thought of what happened at Virginia Tech. and Northern Illinois University may be more of a concern.
Based on comments from several parents, whose high school bound kids, attended a personal safety class at the Degerberg Academy in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood; personal safety while traveling to and from school was their biggest concern.
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