Did the school district over-react in the wake of the current terrorist attacks?
The Los Angeles Unified School District closed the doors on more than 900 schools Tuesday due to credible threats to safety. They are preparing to reopen this morning.
In the aftermath of the event, Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck fired back against critics who believed the Los Angeles Unified School District overreacted, stating it is “very easy in hindsight to criticize the decision” according to BBC news.
New York police commissioner William J. Bratton stated that the move in Los Angeles was a “significant overreaction” according to the Los Angeles Times.
In the midst of the ongoing debate over whether the school closures were necessary, and how authorities are to define a real and credible threat to public safety, more than 640,000 affected students will be returning to class today.
OUR TWO CENTS:
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in France and the recent killing spree in California, many people are afraid for their lives and the safety of their loved ones. The fear is understandable—it seems like a new terrorist attack could happen just about anywhere.
But as Christians, we have a refuge to find comfort in: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand Isaiah 41:10,
God acknowledges our worries, but He commands us to set aside our fears and find peace in His presence and strength. The world is full of events that stir anxiety, but we mustn’t dwell on the fear of man. God is our protector and our fortress.
It appears that ISIS wants to manufacture fear within the fabric of our society, but we must remember that no matter what they’re trying to achieve, fear has no dominion over the Christ-filled heart. We can live with great joy because God has already prevailed over the evils of this world.
Heavenly Father, we join in prayer today to ask for Your peace and Your comfort, that any trace of fear would be washed away from our hearts. Lord, You know the evils of this world and how it can frighten us at times, but give us Your strength to stand against the fear of man. Help us understand that there’s nothing in this world to be afraid of because You have providence over everything. With Your Holy Spirit within us, give us also the strength to forgive and love our enemies, and may the Holy Spirit work within our hearts to show our enemies the love of Christ. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Your son, Amen.Click here for reuse options!
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