Kelly Guthrie Raley, 41, is a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Eustis Middle School who after the Parkland high school shooting didn’t blame guns for the mass shooting, but rather parents.
Raley, who was voted Teacher of the Year, gave a public rant on Facebook and the post has gone viral.
‘Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say,’ Raley begins.
‘Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it – violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives – as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school,’ she continued.
Her post, which is nine paragraphs long, is very critical and the teacher claimed she is prepared to ‘take all the criticism and attacks’ for her opinion.
Raley has been a teacher for two decades, and despite her long term experience she constantly worries about a mass shooter coming onto her school campus.
Via the Daily Mail: The middle school teacher states how over the 20 years she has been teaching, she has seen an increase in violence and a lack of compassion among students.
Raley, who loves hunting and four-wheeling in her spare time mentions how she also grew up with guns in her home.
‘But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me,’ Raley says.
‘I never dreamed of shooting anyone with his guns. I never dreamed of taking one!
‘I was taught respect for human life, compassion, rules, common decency, and most of all, I was taught that until I moved out, my life and bedroom wasn’t mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was happening because they loved me and wanted the best for me.’
She goes on to state how when she began teaching in 1998, she never had to worry about calling a student’s parents and being sworn at.
Raley says she did not worry about public shaming because she was calling out a child’s behavior.
‘Parents, it’s time to step up!’ Raley exclaims. ‘Be the parent that actually gives a cr**! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend.
‘They have enough ‘friends’ at school. Be their parent. Being the ‘cool mom’ means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME.’
Raley ends her post by stating how it was never about gun control.
‘This was me, loving the crap out of people and wanting the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God created each one for greatness, and just wanting them to reach their futures.’
The teacher says the only thing dearer to her than teaching students is her faith and family. Raley said her father, a military hero, and her mother, who used to teach also, inspired her to be the person she is today.