School safety: Can we do more?

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  • 101Ways Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 6, 2013 4:19 a.m.

    A couple of things comes to mind. Strip search all the children and their luggage as the enter the schools.

    Then most important give all education administrators and leaders a battery of tests to make sure they are qualified and stable and accountable enough to be left in charge with the minds and emotions of children. Make sure they are not money motivated thieves robbing the schools of their wealth and class room needs. Let the kids leave the schools to go play and be children who want to learn.

    The things that have to be done are not compatible with childrens needs. What has to be done is overthrow corruption in education, put parents back in control of the schools. The government does not know best, they are too worried about money to be trusted with the lives of children.

  • migraine Indianapolis, IN
    Jan. 5, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    Security procedures keep confused weirdos out, a useful task in itself, but how many mass shootings have been prevented by the bullet of an on-site armed guard (as opposed to the arrival of actual police officers)? Not remembering many. At best, a guard might reduce the total number of victims killed. Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Ft. Hood all had armed guards around. Sure, concealed weapons permits have plenty of useful roles, but we're kidding ourselves if we think we can militarize our way out of all risk. Life is never going to be completely safe, and never has been anyway. Sign-in sheets and door buzzers won't keep out a psychopath with an uzi, but neither will a Barney Fife or a granny with a Glock. Better mental health treatments (and actual health insurance coverage for mental illness) would help a lot more than spending millions to hire a bunch of gun-enthusiast security dudes to somehow "protect" little Billy's elementary school, though.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    by making all guns illegal all violent crime will suddenly disapear - just look at the city of Chicago as an example. Maybe we could also make Majiuana legal in all 50 states so people are more mellow and relaxed? Just some thoughts.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    Yes, we can do more. It's called take your kids out of public schools. They simply do not learn enough to justify the costs. I'm not only talking of costs in terms of dollars and cents, which by themselves are outrageous. I'm talking about the physical well-being of your children that is sacrificed every time you send them to a public school that is just incapable of providing for their security. Public schools are a joke as to what you get out of them. I mean, are your kids really all that much smarter when they go through them year after year? Sure, if you need a babysitter I guess it's worth it. But they aren't going to learn much. I know I didn't. I was totally lost when I first set foot on a college campus. After a few semesters in college, it's like my public secondary education (which was an extreme tax burden, not to mention dangerous) didn't even matter.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Jan. 3, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    The short answer to the question posed by the headline is "not really." As horrific as Sandy Hook and Columbine were, the chances of a particular school being targeted, and of my kid being shot, are extremely remote. No amount of rules, laws, regs, etc, is going to completely eliminate the possibility that something like this will happen again. You have to look at overall school safety, not just two aberrant incidents, when making policy.

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Jan. 2, 2013 10:53 p.m. are confused. kids aren't required to attend public school, you can home school, or you can go to private schools. You idea that literacy is lower now than in the 1800's is also false. much like the data showing that the US is behind other countries in education, the data is flawed. In the 1800's a very large percentage of children were simply not counted, blacks and other minorities, rural farm families, all were not considered or counted.

    Today, other countries don't include their lower level students who are tracked into vocational programs in the high stakes testing the media insists on using to claim the sky is falling, they only test their best and brightest, while the US insists on testing everyone, regardless of desire, ability, because THAT is how they keep funding flowing.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 22, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    In a land of freedom,--our children are under a mandate to attend school. As a parent, I'd be upset with those who forced my children to be there.

    Mothers can abort their child, but has no right to keep them home.

    Yes! We can provide greater safety. Education should, and can be a choice. Literacy was greater in the 1800's with voluntary schooling than it is today. USA newspaper

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    Allow - not mandate - concealed carry for teachers and other school personnel. Every mass shooter is eventually stopped by somebody with a gun. Either they kill themselves when confronted with armed resistance or a cop, or they are shot by the good guy with the gun. Until then, they just keep killing. If you want all the reasons why, google Larry Correia and gun control.