Time to end inaction on safety of schools

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I stared at the TV screen in horror. A breaking news report read: “School Shooting in Greenville.” Children had been rushed to nearby Greenville Medical Center, conditions unknown. I was barely able to breathe, for my grandsons attend school in Greenville, N.Y.  Their father, a physician, owns Greenville Medical Center near the school.It wasn’t until I heard the words “in Greenville, South Carolina” that I stopped shaking. My heart broke, however, for the parents in South Carolina. Their lives were changed forever, and for a few minutes, I understood their agony. Recently, in Texas, more children were killed in school. Every community faces this crisis. High school students are begging officials to make schools safe. They want safety devices to stop a shooter from entering their school, killing innocent children and staff. “Do something,” our lawmakers tell one another – but nothing is getting done.There are a number of suggestions to deter school shooters. Do we put armed officials in schools? Screen students? Use X-ray machines? Do we use security card access and searches? Entry-control equipment? It’s well past the time to implement school safety plans.We all agree something must be done. Why not create a strategy for our own neighborhood schools? Hold community forums to gather ideas from our students, teachers and taxpayers. Create a plan for our students’ safety. Set up funding to implement it. These are our schools and our children.  It’s time to “do something” ourselves.Shelly DobskiRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnlast_img read more

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