If you’re a parent, then you’re probably willing to do anything for your children. Any good parent is willing to lay down their life for their own child or step into harm’s way in order to preserve the well-being of their children.
But what would you do if you were put in a difficult position in which you knew that your child was planning on doing something really evil, like killing someone? Would you turn them into the police? Would you try and talk them out of it? It’s not an easy situation to be in and I hope that neither you nor I are ever put into that situation.
But one mother was in Washington just a few years ago. She made the decision to turn her son into the police after she found a notebook of his in which he described plans he had to kill her and then to attack his high school.
Nichole Schubert first told her story to the The Wall Street Journal and then later sat down with Good Morning America, recalling one of the most heartbreaking moments of her life. She hopes that sharing her story would encourage parents to pay attention to warning signs and stay in their children’s business — even if they don’t like it.
“Your first instinct is, as a parent, is to protect your child,” Schubert told Good Morning America. “But at that point, I felt like if he is actually going to do these things, he would be safer in jail.”
My thought is that it is much better for him to be alive and not in prison after having taken innocent lives, so the mother did do the best thing for her son. Doing the best thing doesn’t always mean that it’s an easy thing to do.
Her son maintains to this day that what was written in the notebook was just some sort of fictional story that he had written, but what kid in their right mind writes a story like that? There is something in the kid’s mind that shouldn’t be there. We all make mistakes when we’re kids and maybe he wasn’t going to do anything in the end, but if nothing else, this stopped it from happening and will hopefully prevent it from ever happening in the future.