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What Can Schools Do to Boost Security for Students?

In the wake of the shooting that killed at least 18 children at a Connecticut elementary school, is there anything schools should do to guard against such acts?

A couple of days after , we know that police locally have beefed up patrols around St. Louis County elementary schools.

The news is almost too great to bear, as evidenced by watching President Barack Obama choking up as he talked about the shootings on Friday.

As a parent, I know that like you, I think nothing of sending my child off to school every day. We just cannot wrap our heads around the thought of teachers, who should be explaining the three R's, not getting between our children and a gunman.

In Connecticut, Brenda Lebinski told Newtown Patch that her daughter is safe because "my daughter's teacher is my hero. She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives."

We think our children will be safe in the school when we put them on the bus or drop them off at the curb.

And when something horrible happens, we wonder if the schools should be doing more to protect them.

Is that unfair? Is it unrealistic to expect schools to be able to guard against such a staggering act of violence? Or is there more they should be doing? What are you willing to give up for more security — tax dollars? The convenience to visit school without a security screening?

PaulRevere's Mom December 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Very CREATIVE, Paulie. Now, get upstairs and CREATE ME a tuna salad sandwich. You TAX my nerves sometimes. TAX TAX TAX! I sometimes wish we wouldn't have tapped into the trust fund for private schooling, and sent you to PUBLIC SCHOOL instead! Then maybe you wouldn't feel so highfalutin and ENTITLED. AND we would have SAVED A LOT OF MONEY! Boy you TAX my nerves sometimes. TAX TAX TAX!
ReverePaul December 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I'm willing to bet none of PaulRevere's facts are right. He lied about his niece's salary so I didn't see any reason why these numbers should be accurate
Jason Gideon December 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
There are teachers who can't even handle a new math program or reading initiative. Somehow you want them to become certified to handle a firearm? I would never give a teacher who can barely manage to use a Smartboard a handgun.
Jason Gideon December 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM
This isn't a gun problem, it's a human heart problem. If someone is truly dedicated to killing another person, they will find a way. A rental truck was used in the Oklahoma bombing. Do we now ban rental trucks? Kids drown in swimming pools. Do we ban swimming pools? Airplanes were used to kill thousands on 9/11. Do we ban airplanes? I've had a shotgun sitting in its case fully loaded and ready to go. I've watched it for years and it has never gotten up, walked off and killed someone on its own.
JD December 29, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Religion is a lot of things but an answer to this problem is not one of them

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