A Florida middle school educator who was listed as “Teacher of the Year” posted a daring rant about g*n control and it instantly went viral for the message that is sent to parents. It was a heartfelt post that reminded parents of their responsibility in the midst of g*n control, violence, and how they can be better parents. This teacher risked it all when she aired her warmest feelings and put her foot down with her firm teaching voice to let people know how she really felt.
Her name is Kelly Guthrie Raley and her message was very simple. She wants parents to “step up” when it comes to teaching discipline at home. She reminds parents that back in the day kids used to be almost scared to get in trouble and now it seems like the kids are running wild with no sense of direction or discipline or respect in their life. Back in the day parents worked with the teachers, not against them, and today it seems like the parents act like their kid’s “friends” and cuss out the teachers if their kid gets in trouble.
It’s like we’re creating a generation of spoiled and entitled kids who believe there is no such thing as discipline, respect, or acting like decent human beings towards each other, their elders, and those in charge.
The Florida middle school teacher made a lot of “tough” sense that some parents of today’s youth simply won’t want to hear, but they need to hear it the most.
Raley’s Facebook post has been shared over 765,000 times! To much delight, her post was met with welcome arms and a beautiful embrace by her commenters who believe parents need to be parents again. Folks, it’s time to stop being friends with your kid and start being their parent.
Here’s what Raley said that so many people embraced, shared, and enjoyed!
“Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else! But I also know daily I could end up in an active s*****r situation.
Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a g*n problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of d***h anymore!!!
I grew up with g**s. Everyone knows that. But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me. I was terrified of doing something bad at school, as I would have not had a life until I corrected the problem and straightened my ass out. My parents invaded my life. They knew where I was ALL the time. They made me have a curfew. They made me wake them up when I got home. They made me respect their rules. They had full control of their house, and at any time could and would go through every inch of my bedroom, backpack, pockets, anything! Parents: it’s time to STEP UP! Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough “friends” at school. Be their parent. Being the “cool mom” means not a damn thing when either your kid is d**d or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME. I’ll say it again. My home was filled with g**s growing up. For God’s sake, my daddy was an 82nd Airborne Ranger who lost half his face serving our country. But you know what? I never dreamed of s******g anyone with his g**s. I never dreamed of taking one! I was taught respect for human life, compassion, rules, common decency, and most of all, I was taught that until I moved out, my life and bedroom wasn’t mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was happening because they loved me and wanted the best for me.
There. Say that I’m a horrible person. I didn’t bring up g*n control, and I will refuse to debate it with anyone. This post wasn’t about g*n control. This was me, loving the crap out of people and wanting the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God created each one for greatness, and just wanting them to reach their futures. It’s about 20 years ago this year I started my teaching career. Violence was not this bad 20 years ago. Lack of compassion wasn’t this bad 20 years ago. And God knows 20 years ago that I wasn’t afraid daily to call a parent because I KNEW that 9 out of 10 would cuss me out, tell me to go to Hell, call the news on me, call the school board on me, or post all over FaceBook about me because I called to let them know what their child chose to do at school…because they are a NORMAL kid!!!!!
Those 17 lives mattered. When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously?”
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