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Parents wrestle with safety of concerts

By Dahlia Wong

The Las Vegas shooting where 58 people died. The Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester where 22 people died. As of press time, we learn that yet another shooting occured in Atlanta during a concert. Due to these recent events that happened this year, many parents are concerned with their child’s safety at concerts. This poses a question: should parents allow their kids to go to concerts in this era?

Going to a concert is where people can socialize and bond with others. If parents don’t allow their child to go to a concert he/she is “dying” to go see, then that child misses out on a special bond created from that concert experience. Also, parents: you wouldn’t want your child to hate you forever, now would you?

There are many factors parents should consider when deciding if they should allow their child to attend concerts. One of them is knowing whether they are going to be responsible if a shooting were to happen during the event. The parent should make sure their child knows what to do during an attack.

I went to a concert over the summer and I never thought about the potential dangers that could happen. I did not have the slightest thought about being shot or whether there had been a bomb in the venue.

But that can be a good thing. Concerts can take away stress or anything that could be on a person’s mind.

A parent can never tell when a shooting or bombing is going to happen or if it’s even going to happen. The best thing the parent can do is tell their child to be cautious or not let them go.

But when Ariana Grande concertgoers went to her Dangerous Woman tour in Manchester, none of the parents had any way of knowing the bombing was going to happen, let alone the possibility of their child getting injured on that day.

Parents, if you have ever heard the word “YOLO,” you should definitely add that into one of the factors of letting your child go to a concert. A concert is an experience, a memory, that they will remember and cherish forever. Yes, the band/artist might come back next time but your child is young. They need to live, have some fun.

We can’t let terrorist events stop us from enjoying our lives. But before your child goes to a concert, make sure they know how to be safe at one. They should be aware of their surroundings and always know where the emergency exits are. They probably won’t enjoy the lecture, but they will be thanking you one day for teaching them an important lesson that can be used not only for concerts, but where there’s generally a lot of people in the area like an amusement park or an airport.


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