To best address school safety we need to consider the input of teachers and school personnel as well as safety experts. I have spoken with members of the school board and with teachers in our district and I will meet with school superintendents to fully understand the possibilities and the limitations of establishing a safe environment for our children.
I will meet with school superintendents to fully understand the possibilities and the limitations of establishing a safe environment for our children.
Any approach to school safety will need to include structural adaptations. We need to provide funding for secure entryways and partitions to section off areas of our schools to make it possible to contain an intruder. Businesses and banks have already implemented these changes, schools should too.
Arming classroom teachers seems like a recipe for disaster but armed security personnel makes sense provided their purpose is school protection and not student discipline. Funding for mental health training for school personnel and intervention for at-risk students is also crucial.
A common argument for not implementing change is “that wouldn’t have stopped Parkland” or “that wouldn’t have stopped Sandy Hook” No one change will address every school shooting. Our best chance to prevent tragedy is to provide secure buildings, mental health services and reasonable gun restrictions.