Journal

School Safety

2/28/2018

I watched the news as the terror unfolded when students were shown running out of Parkland crying and frightened.  Just a couple of weeks before, the same situation unfolded in my state.  I just moved here.

I began to worry about my child at school.  Boy, is mass shootings in school way too commonplace.  This was unheard of when I was growing up.

Parents spoke to the president, meetings were held, and students were asked their opinions.

The status quo decided that A. we need tougher background checks, B. We need to band bump (idk thats what it sounded like) stocks, and C. we need to raise the age from 18 to 21 for certain guns.

This all fine but haven’t we heard this before?  Don’t they do background checks already?  Are we proposing to take the rights of those 18 – 20?  Lets not forget, we can arm the teachers?

How is taking my child’s future rights going to save their life?  Obviously, these background checks are not very thorough.  Lastly, I don’t want my child’s teacher walking around with a gun in a holster like, “be quiet, or else”.

How about no guns in civilian  schools?  If this school is full of civilians, run by civilians, to train student to work as civilians, no guns in schools.  It’s not like they are going to need it for something.

I propose that we go back to the war on drugs crap that I remember from the 90s (ok not my school but I am sure I saw this on tv).  TSA style metal detectors and baggage screening.  No guns.  I would rather have this than some pissed off teacher capping my kid.

As for that 90s style war on drugs stuff, the city has cameras on neighborhood blocks, you have to take plastic bags to the game, and the court and federal building feel pretty safe with it – – no guns in schools.

Joy Clark is a writer, producer, and publisher. Lexington, KY

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