My oldest daughter will be going to middle school next year. As a working parent, my biggest concern is safety. For me, it has become even more important than education. I need to be able to go to work and feel my daughter is in a safe place where she won't get beat up in the girls' bathroom (a real issue with the middle school I'm zoned to attend).
After the massacre at Virginia Tech, I once again have to wonder, "Can you ever leave for the office and feel 100 percent comfortable that your child is safe while at school? Have all the school shootings taken that away from us?"