Security, Safety and More
- The carved jack-o-lantern is a time honored tradition for Halloween. Did you know 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins were grown last year. Here’s another interesting tidbit – according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), Halloween ranks in the top three holidays for ER visits for children. Finger and hand injuries are the biggest proportion of injuries. As such, you may want to rethink giving your youngster a sharp knife to carve a pumpkin.
- Another sad statistic is the number of pedestrian traffic deaths for children ages 5-14 is four times higher on Halloween than any other time of the year.
- Fix your youngsters their favorite meal, give them hearty servings and insist they clean their plate before you allow them out. It will cut down on them eating too much candy before bedtime.
- If your children are between the ages of 3-8, accompany them. If that’s not possible, ensure they’re going out with one of your trusted friends.
- Dress your goblins, ghosts and monsters in bright clothes or costumes. Also, make sure their outfit isn’t too long that might result in tripping stepping over curbs or climbing stairs.
- Make-up is a much better idea than masks. Masks tend to block vision.
- Flashlight is always a good idea.
- Children ages 9-14 will probably want to go out with their friends. You need to know where they’re going, so have them plan their route for you. Or you can plan their route for them. Either way, check the route against the county’s sex-offender registry - http://www.gwinnettcountysheriff.com/index.php/sex-offenders/
- Equip them with a watch and set a time for them to be home.
- Teenagers 15+ should not be allowed to run the streets. Let them stay at home with you to hand out the treats. If that’s not going to work, the mall is a safe alternative. If they want to go to a party, get acquainted with the hosts, if you don’t already know them.
In doing some research for this web page, I found some interesting material when I conducted a Google search "Lilburn Crime Statistics." The search brought up what I was looking for, as well as pages on Lilburn demographics, home values, and registered sex offenders. What I didn't expect to see was Lilburn Middle School listed on page #1 for this search and Lilburn Elementary School later on.
Since all my children went through Lilburn Middle School, I had to find out what was going on. The website was from SchoolDigger.com and at first glance I didn't see anything relating to crime. However, on second glance it jumped out at me. This school is at the bottom of the barrel educationally in the state of Georgia, ranked 361 out of 467 middle schools.
Lilburn Elementary School didn't fare any better. It ranked 783 out of 1097 schools, and Hopkins, another Lilburn elementary school that my children attended, ranked 807th.
Gwinnett County Schools, overall, is doing a good job compared to other school districts in the state. It's ranked 24th out of 156 districts. So, what the heck is going on in Lilburn?
Now here's where it gets really pathetic. Georgia scrapes the bottom of the barrel when compared to the rest of the 50 states in education.
According to wiki.answers.com:
- Georgia ranks 45th based on SAT scores
- Georgia ranks 41st based on Morgan Quinto Smartest State (2006-2007)
- Georgia ranks 47th based on Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High School Students
So, when you think about it, this is truly a crime being perpetuated against children in our Lilburn schools.
Perhaps we should give special recognition to the “professional educators” in these schools, too. Think of their accomplishments – being instrumental in their school’s position as one of the worst schools in one of the worst states in education.
Now, there’s a line item for a resume!
What do you think?