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After Newtown Shootings, Do We Homeschool Out of Fear?


Should we be afraid to send our kids to public school after the shootings?I’m a homeschooling parent. I’ll confess, in light of the terror and fear I read about on Friday, I felt a calming reassurance that my children were at home with me. Still, I was deeply grieved and in tears over the loss those parents in Newtown faced that day.

My 8-year-old has asked me twice if this is the reason I homeschool him.

Recently I read that Jamie Martin, who blogs at and is an upcoming speaker for the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention April 2013, lives in Newtown, CT. She shares in this post that  if she were not homeschooling her children, they would have been attending that very school.

For me, this is where homeschooling versus public schooling collide in a life changing way.

Did her decision to homeschool in effect save their life?

Should We Be Afraid of Public School?

Let me be the first to say we cannot allow fear to dominate our lives nor dictate our every decision.  Shootings happen in other places, too. But it’s worth noting that had Jamie’s children been in that school building that day one or more of them might not be here today.

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Which brings me to this question: Should we homeschool to keep our kids safe?

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – II Timothy 1:7

Homeschooling is not a decision to rush into lightly. Homeschooling is not for everyone. But it is a fair question in light of the day and age we live in: Would my child be safer at home than at school?

And in truth, this applies to more than just their physical well-being.

If my boys were in public school today I can’t say for sure that I would pull them out. I might. I just don’t know because I believe, as a Christian who is walking with the Lord, that God would direct my ways. I believe and trust He is the one who changed my heart about choosing to homeschool to begin with (I was not planning to homeschool my kids originally) and it’s His plan that I want to live out.


Image: David Castillo Dominici

In addition to homeschooling her boys, Tracy owns and writes from her blog Hall of Fame Moms sharing not only reviews on family-friendly products and places but also posts about homeschooling resources, frugal living, her faith and more. Like her boys', she enjoys wild things in nature. Catterpillars, bugs and tadpoles are welcomed guests in their home. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Christin

    December 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Awesome post! You gave me chills. The very day of the CT shootings my teenager started researching the possibility of going to school next year instead of homeschooling. As you said, I truly feel that God directed our decision to home school this year and I will continue to trust Him to lead the way for our daughters (all 3) education in the future.

    • Tracy @ hall of fame moms

      December 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will. Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it!

  2. Prime Parents Club

    December 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for a though-provoking post. I know that we cannot live out of fear, but I’m pretty sure that a large portion of parents considered alternate means of schooling–even if only briefly–after this tragedy.

    • Tracy @ hall of fame moms

      December 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      I suspect you are right.

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