Teacher of the Year’s controversial ‘brave’ rant on parental responsibility goes viral after shooting

A Florida teacher is getting plenty of attention over a Facebook post that may not be very popular with those on the left who eschew personal responsibility.

A post that has been shared more than 635,000 times and may very well result in her losing her job.

In response to last week’s tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., middle school teacher Kelly Guthrie Raley dared to call out parental responsibility.

“Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say,” Raley wrote. “I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else!”

Raley, who was just named Eustis Middle School Teacher of the Year, according to Fox News, displays a healthy dose of common sense and a candor that all too often proves to be too much for today’s hypersensitive world.

The educator not only gets to the root of the problem with violence in America, as she sees it, but calls out parents who always escape scrutiny when tragedy occur.

“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. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!!”


To be clear, Raley does not see guns being part of the problem as she explained how her parents “invaded her life,” establishing expectations and boundaries.

Of course, she had TWO parents, which is becoming increasingly rare in America today, given our moral values.

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She also pointed out that being a “cool mom,” or your child’s “friend” does them no favors.

“I grew up with guns. Everyone knows that. But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me. I was terrified of doing something bad at school, as I would have not had a life until I corrected the problem and straightened my ass out. My parents invaded my life. They knew where I was ALL the time. They made me have a curfew. They made me wake them up when I got home. They made me respect their rules. They had full control of their house, and at any time could and would go through every inch of my bedroom, backpack, pockets, anything! Parents: it’s time to STEP UP! Be the parent that actually gives a crap! 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 pretty much knows the reaction she can expect from a post that highlights parental responsibility and downplays gun control.

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There’s no mistaking her love for her students and the potential each and every one possesses, and her insight on how things have changed so much in 20 short years is instructive.

“There. Say that I’m a horrible person. I didn’t bring up gun control, and I will refuse to debate it with anyone. This post wasn’t 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. It’s about 20 years ago this year I started my teaching career. Violence was not this bad 20 years ago. Lack of compassion wasn’t this bad 20 years ago. And God knows 20 years ago that I wasn’t afraid daily to call a parent because I KNEW that 9 out of 10 would cuss me out, tell me to go to Hell, call the news on me, call the school board on me, or post all over FaceBook about me because I called to let them know what their child chose to do at school…because they are a NORMAL kid!!!!!


As for which lives matter in America today, Raley had an opinion there too.

“Those 17 lives mattered,” she said of the victims of last weeks shooting. “When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously?”

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