That’s the question millions of people are asking and answering after 18 school shootings since the beginning of 2018 in the U.S.
As I think about all the horror the students in Florida went through that horrid day, I feel anger that a country as wealthy as ours doesn’t have a system in place to protect our schools!
Get Rid of Guns?
Is making Ak-47 guns illegal the answer to ending school shootings? I believe it wouldn’t hurt anything to pass that law, but many people get the unlawful things they want in this country, I think they will surely find the Ak-47 if they want too. There are so many out there, are they going to make everyone that has an AK-47 turn it into the government?
I believe the answer to school violence is more profound and broader.
Improve Mental Health Awareness?
As others are saying, we should learn from this tragedy to pay attention to mental illness. Everyone needs to educate themselves on how it works, why it gets worse, and when to report something suspicious. Parents need to learn what mental illness looks like in their children. Others need to know what to do when they see mental illness in a friend, student, co-worker, stranger, or even in themselves, etc.
After all, a large percentage of the prison population suffered from mental illness before their crime. I believe we could prevent the devastating results of unrecognized mental illness. Imagine going to prison for an illness! I’m not saying these crimes should go unpunished, but some of them may not have happened if there was no stigma to mental illness, if others took it seriously, or if help was readily available.
However, the question remains, will mental health awareness prevent school shootings?
Are we too busy or too poor to make the necessary changes in our schools?
There are other things we can do to prevent this from happening again, but it will involve MONEY!
I recently saw a report on my NBC Nightly News. They found a school in Indiana that someone gave the title of “the safest school in America!” This school has so many safety protections in place you might think its impossible to replicate.
Did people donate the money? Did the school use their funds in a way that provided for these security measures? Maybe parents volunteered their services to install security measures.
Should we be aware of the possibility that our country is in denial of how dangerous the world is today? Maybe we don’t want to face the fact that this is how our young people are? Afterall, it’s much harder to shelter our children from the evils of the world when they can see it on the news, internet, games, and whatever other influences there are. Things aren’t getting better and until they do shouldn’t we take preventative measures now?
Can We As A Country Spend What It Takes To Keep Our Schools Safe?
Listed below are the safety items the school has in place, as I understand them.
- Cameras are placed everywhere and seen remotely, and in real time at the Sherrif’s office or Police Station, I’m not sure which one it was.
- Metal detectors are at the entrance of the school. Doors are locked all day.
- Every classroom has a panic button that notifies the police station of an intruder immediately.
- All classroom doors are bulletproof.
- The local police or sheriff can remotely turn on hot steam from the ceilings of whichever hallway they spot the intruder in through their surveillance.
- Teachers wear a panic button around their necks so if they are out and away from the panic button in there classroom and see an intruder they can notify police.
- Students are taught to go behind a red line which is at an angle a bullet is less likely to reach from anywhere outside of the room. Then they turn their desks over and use them for extra protection behind the red line.
I couldn’t detect all the different feelings I had after I saw this report. I was angry, frustrated, sad, hopeful, worried, and I’m not sure what else. The upgraded security had to be expensive. What is this country’s priority when making schools safe? Are safe schools worth spending government money?
I thought the school’s security made more sense than any other solution out there! Can we stop pointing fingers politicly and press for finances for our schools to be safe. Isn’t that where the safety should be taken care of first? Maybe some of the increase in military spending could put one or two military soldiers in our schools, soldiers who have experience with facing threats (unlike the so-called cowardly security official at the Florida school shooting).
My personal opinion is that America needs to wake up and face this problem head on and fast. Yes, it’s this bad, so what we do to stop this horror has to be massive and quick. I remember seeing soldiers in the airports after 9-11. Don’t our kids deserve the same security?
I believe we as humans can take a situation we face in many directions, but usually, we become influenced in one way or another, on which direction to go. The influence could be our concern for someone, job security, money, relationships, etc. When we have to make a choice we all make mistakes. It’s time to try a different angle.
Congress has an easy decision in my opinion. But they are influenced by so many outside sources pressing them one way or another. I worry whether they will make the right choice for safety in our schools.
What makes me angry is, will government merely ask themselves what they think logically will be the safest decision?
Or will politics get in the way? Aren’t they intelligent people that were voted into congress because we trusted their decision-making skills and ability to solve complicated problems?
Democrat or Republican, our leaders need to use their heads and come together to make safety in our schools a priority. I beg them, as a grandmother, to put the necessary security in our schools. Yes, it’s sad it has come to such a low state in our world, but we must face reality!
I’m not so concerned about taking guns away. YES, background checks need to be better. Bump stocks should be illegal, FBI standards need to be better. Mental health awareness needs to be better. However, none of these will prevent someone who is disturbed from finding a gun and entering a school.
Yes, the FBI made a mistake when they didn’t press to find the shooter when they received the report. Parents will make mistakes on reading there child’s mental health. All the gun bans and mental health awareness in the world won’t solve this problem. The internet has opened up the availability of evil ideas and actions in our society. But we can use the internet to stop them.
I think we need safety barriers in our schools now. As I write this several area schools near me are closed because of security threats! There is no time to wait or to pass new laws. We need emergency funding. I don’t think it would hurt a thing to finance security upgrades for our schools. It’s Time!
What do you think we should do to make American schools safe again?
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