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I have been having "the talk" with my children since they were very small. Not that talk.

This talk: "Mommy will always do everything she can to protect you. Someday though, someone bad might hurt you or mommy, and I might not be able to protect you. We might be together, or we might be apart. If someone bad hurts you or me, I want you to think only of this: my mom loves me."

This morning, a message was blasted via text, email, and Facebook from the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office: "Please be aware that the call this morning that has people concerned has been investigated. The concern was caused by human error. There is no threat to the Osage Schools."

I would rather overreact and have children who are alive than take this vague statement at face value but wonder about my children's safety all day. In the absence of a clear statement, I am keeping my kids home.

Accurate, precise communication matters.

When it comes to the safety of our children and our schools, the Sheriff's Office should reassure us with nothing less. Perhaps by the time this letter publishes, we will have exactly that.

Ellen Witt

Osage

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