There’s nothing more important than creating a productive, safe learning environment for our children. But if parents are going to have some peace of mind when their children are at school, it will take more than just locking the doors.
The country was reminded of our schools’ security shortcomings after the shooting last week in Connecticut, and schools are doing the right thing by reviewing security….
None of those measures, however, will necessarily prevent someone from entering a school if they are intent on doing so. One propped-open door or broken window could be enough.
While schools should implement changes that can further control access, that is only part of the solution….
It’s not always easy to identify children with violent tendencies. It could be someone who was bullied or who has a bad home life. Or it could be someone like Adam Lanza, who apparently had little contact with others.
Parents, teachers and guidance counselors, and even other students, may be best positioned to spot behavioral or mental health issues that could lead to bigger problems….
Security must remain a high priority, but schools won’t be safer by just buttressing the doors, keeping a gun handy and showing teachers how to shoot it. We all must work harder to identify those who may want to get into our schools for the wrong reasons well before they get their foot in the door.
— Distributed by The Associated Press