What is the answer? I do not have all the solutions. But law enforcement partnering with the schools is a start.
We need to look at barriers to unauthorized entry without turning our schools into prisons. We need to take advantage of technology.
Gun-free zones are kill zones. Arming all teachers is not the solution, but arming a few select, highly trained staff, that can conceal a firearm and pepper spray, know how to keep a firearm from children and how to act when law enforcement arrives on the scene, is something that should be on the table.
We protect our politicians with armed guards. Why not our vulnerable, precious children?
We need to empower teachers with the ability to defend themselves and our children through a variety of plans, to include something other than a lock-down, and wait as sitting-ducks, for an active shooter.
Firemen do a great job keeping our children safe from fire. Let’s work together to protect our greatest treasures from violence.
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