While we cannot guarantee perfect safety for our youngsters in schools, we still must do whatever we can to keep these precious ones safe. Here are two ideas.
First, since we have large numbers of unemployed people with college degrees (some who may be trying to find work in law enforcement), train them to volunteer as safety officers in schools. This would also provide them some experience to add to their backgrounds. This helps avoid the argument that providing security in schools is too expensive. My wife (who holds a degree in criminal justice) suggests something which — while it does cost money — would be helpful. Specifically, perhaps schools could install bullet-proof glass on first-floor windows/doors.
I stress that any decisions regarding how to improve school safety should be made locally by the people who work in and for our schools.
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