Is your child prepared to bug out from school? Once she reached a certain level of maturity, mine certainly was.
A few years back, I posed the question, "Should Your Kids Know How to Bug Out…from School?" and the answers to that question were incredibly varied. Some parents said that the kids shouldn't be in public schools in the first place. Others said that they absolutely had a plan in place for their children. Still others said that the very idea was irresponsible and that kids should be under the supervision of a responsible adult, particularly in an emergency situation.
In a world where kids are being immersed in a culture of fear and school officials are becoming more authoritarian by the day, it is a very real concern that a lockdown could occur and you wouldn't see your children again until they were released at the discretion of those in charge at the school.
There are all sorts of practice runs guaranteed to traumatize kids into submission, including live shooter drills and evacuation drills. In the latter, the children are unexpectedly and quickly herded onto buses and sent to an alternate location. (Michael Snyder gave numerous examples of situations in which schoolchildren were put on buses and sent to alternate locations without parental consent.).
During these drills kids are not allowed to phone their parents and parents are not even allowed to know where their children are in many cases. In some incidences during which the school forewarns parents about the drill, the parents are told that they cannot pick up their children "for any reason" during the drill. Many schools now boast of having supplies to keep children at the school for 48 hours in the event of an "emergency" during which time the children will not be released to their parents.
And it gets even worse. In the name of predictive programming, do you recall a "drill" during which the police took over a school and practiced fighting "angry parents"? I've been plenty annoyed at different schools my daughter has attended, but in no way have I been compelled to attack the school, requiring SWAT teams to defend it against me and my band of likewise irate moms. (source)
This stuff doesn't just apply to kids in the public school system. Very rarely is a parent with a child 100% of the time, every day of the year. Home-schooled kids go on outings with other families, go to church functions, and enrichment activities. Whenever your children are not with you, a plan needs to be in place for their safety.
This is also not just about defying perceived authority. Another scenario could be a major disaster during which your children find themselves without a responsible adult to turn to. Would they have the skills, supplies, and ability to get home or to a safe meeting place?
Is your child mentally prepared to bug out from school?
Each parent knows their own child the best. Not all kids are mentally equipped for a bug-out situation. If you feel that your child would panic, or your children are very young, this may not be a viable plan for your family.
If your kid is the independent, competent sort, then it may be time for a discussion on determining a plan for when and how to bug out from school.
If, out of the blue, the teachers just tell students to get on a bus, and there is no compelling reason for them to be doing so, it might be time for your child to use his or her own judgment on whether boarding that conveyance is actually a good idea.