At what point do you take a threat on your life seriously? Is it when the person says it once? Twice?
When they’re 12? 13? 14?
Well, how about 8?
Yep, that’s right, 8!!!
I have been the recipient of death threats and threats of other physical harm from an 8 year old and his mother who I believed had the ability to act on his threats. I work in a very rough area where daily violence is definitely a reality. So, when the school police suggested that I should not take the threats seriously because the child was only 8 years old, I was livid. I know that, if you’ve never dealt with this situation, that this may sound a bit paranoid, but trust me it’s not.
I am scheduled to return to work next week. But the situation is still unresolved. The child is still there. I may have to have contact with this parent from hell. I don’t want to go back but have to do silly little things like have money to pay the bills. So staying out any longer is not an option. I have to go back.
That is why I would like to hear someone else’s take on this. Should I have taken these threats seriously? What would you have done?