Florida Teacher of the Year gun violence post goes viral after the shooting at a school

Pupils with their hands in the air after a shooting at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

A Teacher of the Year at a Florida high school posted a Facebook message that has now been viral to say the parents need to “step-up” when it comes to their kids’ behavior.

“Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say,” Kelly Guthrie Raley, who was named Eustis High School Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 last month, said in a now-viral Facebook post after the mass shooting that killed 17 at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Raley said she, “take all the criticisms and attacks” for her opinion because, as a teacher with two decades of experience, they have to worry about an active-shooter situation on a daily basis.

The high school teacher said about her nearly two decades as an educator that they have seen an increase in violence and lack of compassion among students.

“Until we, as a country, are willing to seriously talk about psychological problems, lack of care for the mental health, lack of discipline in the house horrifying lack of support from the parents at the schools trying to control horrible behaviour at school (oh no! Not MY CHILD. What have YOU done to my child respond that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I say the violent video games that take away all the sensitivity for ANY compassion for others’ life – like reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly have to yell in each others faces and no value of any other person, but we have a gun problem in the school,” the sixth-grade language arts teacher wrote.

Raley, who likes hunting and four-wheeling in her spare time, added that she grew up with guns in her house.

“But you know what? My parents NEVER had a bad behavior of me,” Raley said.

She said that when she began teaching 20 years ago, they never had to worry about calling a pupil, the parents and to the discussed, told them to go to hell, or threatening with a public shaming because they call their child’s behavior. Something, she said, has to change.

“Parents, it is time for the next step!” Raley drift to the left. “The parent who actually gives a crap! You can be the annoying mother who pries and know what your child is doing. STOP their friend. They have enough ‘friends’ at school. Be of their parents. The ‘cool mom’ does not mean a damn thing if your child is dead, or your child kills other people because they were allowed to have their privacy and space in YOUR HOUSE.”

She doubles that she had guns in her house.

“But you know what? I have never dreamed of shooting anyone with his guns. I never dreamed of taking one! I learned respect for human life, compassion, the rules, the morals, and most of all, I was taught that, until I moved, my life and my bedroom was not mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was going on, because she loved me and wanted the best for me.”

Raley concludes her post by adding that she never raised gun control.

“This message is not about gun control,” she said. “For me, this was the love for the nonsense of people and want the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God made each one for greatness, and only they want to achieve in their future.”

Raley said that they are in possession is more expensive than the pupils of her faith and family, and that her father, a military hero, and her mother, a retired teacher, inspired her to be who she is now.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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