Your poem touches closly to me, and on such a sensitive subject. I attend one of these schools that has had a gunman incident. Edinboro PA. A teacher, a friend, of which I knew on a first name basis, was shot at a dance by a kid I knew (Andrew Wurst). This is a great piece of work you have put together here. But if you want to protect your kids, teach them to respect, tolerate, and accept all kids of all lifestyles. This rash of gun incidents has been spawned from the fact that base humans fear whom and what they do not understand. So they try to purge the unwanted from their social ranks. And these 'misfits' eventually have no other option.
It is good to see that parents like yourself still reach out and try to teach acceptance to their children. You are a saint.
Guns do not kill people, ignorant parents do. And you are one of the most enlightened mothers i have ever met. Keep the hope and never give up.
[This message has been edited by Manchester (edited 03-01-2000).]