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Parental Responsibility for Children’s Actions and Attractive Nuisances: A recent event at Joseph Knox Elementary School in Canton, Georgia

I would like to take a moment to remember the children and staff, 26 total, of Sandy Hook Elementary School who lost their precious lives a year ago tomorrow, December 14, 2012, in what seems like a senseless tragedy that stirred the nation, and a date that has been frozen in time for so many families. I am the mother of a young child and there is nothing worse than the loss of a child in a person’s life. It is utterly confusing and one never forgets to ask whether or not there could have been something that could have been done to prevent such a tragedy. Closer to home here in Canton, Georgia in Cherokee County, last Friday on December 6, 2013 at a well known Cherokee County Elementary School, Joseph Knox Elementary, a student was found in possession of a pocket knife and hatchet on campus. For more information, you may see the letter that the principal of the school, Tammy Sandell, dated December 9, 2013, addressed to the parents of Knox ES Students. You may also contact the Cherokee County School Police and reference case number 2013-12-456 for more detailed information of the incident. As a parent and an attorney, I was sickened by this event no matter how harmless the school and authorities have portrayed the incident.

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