After weapons brought on campus, school superintendent encourages parent-child dialogue

FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) - A series of safety concerns has prompted a school superintendent to send a stern message to parents.

“Parents, please have a talk with your children. Stress the importance of making good choices,” Dr. Joseph Davis said in a video produced by the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

Since the school year began August 10, the district has addressed four gun-related incidents, including one involving a McCluer student who brought a loaded gun on campus. No one was injured and the student is being disciplined.

In two of the other incidents, an air rifle and B.B. gun were brought to school. No one was injured.

District policy clearly states that no weapons of any kind are permitted on school campus.

Davis said peer pressure might account for children taking guns to school. But he said there is no blanket explanation.

One thing he is certain of, he said: parents and children need to talk.

“I really want parents to be involved in their child’s education,” he said. “It means a lot. You don’t have to have a counseling degree to talk with your child. You just need to love them, and I think every parent does.”

He said although many parents work long hours and cannot devote extended periods of time to their children, a simple conversation can make a difference.

“One of the most important things a parent can do, whoever you are, is to talk with your child about what they’re going through in life, period. Whether it be something that happened on the playground, something that’s going on with them in their life at school, it doesn’t matter. You need to talk with your child, about ‘Here’s how you’re supposed to act. Here’s what I expect.”