Springboro schools reassure parents about safety

Dec 17, 2012 Full story: WHIO 41

Springboro Schools sent out a message to parents over the weekend. It was designed to reassure the community that the district is doing all it can to ensure school safety.

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it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#1 Dec 17, 2012
Springboro schools reassures district parents... "our schools are safe".

The MA gunman last week was the son of a district employeee- his mother. All details are not yet 100% known but it is possible the gunman may have been somewhat familiar to faculty responsible for visitor security.
What if tomorrow, next week, next month or next year, a very unstable person with guns tucked under their coat was unceremoniously buzzed through a Springboro school's front door?

As much as we'd like to think it could be, Springboro is not an oasis from the evils of the world.

It could happen here.

In the 13 years since the Columbine massacre, America has watched too many of it's innocent schoolchildren and teachers mowed down in cold blood. The fact is we've been acting on the defensive. This stategy hasn't worked. We must change or alter our overall strategy. Now is the turning point. We must stop being only on the defensive because it isn't working. We must begin to think and act proactively.

Springboro School board and administrators ought to listen to messages from local law enforcement leaders like Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones believes strongly the solution to school violence can begin with having a strong defense as a deterrant. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is for the idea of select, undisclosed school faculty having a conceal & carry firearm on their person on school grounds during school hours.
A degree of secrecy would be of the utmost importance. Only respective school principals and the district's superintendent would have knowledge of which faculty possess firearm on school grounds with their conceal & carry license.
stop being defenseless

Germantown, OH

#2 Dec 17, 2012
it could happen here wrote:
Springboro schools reassures district parents... "our schools are safe".
The MA gunman last week was the son of a district employeee- his mother. All details are not yet 100% known but it is possible the gunman may have been somewhat familiar to faculty responsible for visitor security.
What if tomorrow, next week, next month or next year, a very unstable person with guns tucked under their coat was unceremoniously buzzed through a Springboro school's front door?
As much as we'd like to think it could be, Springboro is not an oasis from the evils of the world.
It could happen here.
In the 13 years since the Columbine massacre, America has watched too many of it's innocent schoolchildren and teachers mowed down in cold blood. The fact is we've been acting on the defensive. This stategy hasn't worked. We must change or alter our overall strategy. Now is the turning point. We must stop being only on the defensive because it isn't working. We must begin to think and act proactively.
Springboro School board and administrators ought to listen to messages from local law enforcement leaders like Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones believes strongly the solution to school violence can begin with having a strong defense as a deterrant. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is for the idea of select, undisclosed school faculty having a conceal & carry firearm on their person on school grounds during school hours.
A degree of secrecy would be of the utmost importance. Only respective school principals and the district's superintendent would have knowledge of which faculty possess firearm on school grounds with their conceal & carry license.
Cincinnati Fox 19 release 12/17/12 11:38 AM EST, updated 12/17/12 1:03 PM EST

"I believe having armed personnel readily available to immediately respond would be a deterrent in and of itself. If a potential shooter knows someone might react within seconds rather than having a 15-30 minute or more window of opportunity to wreak havoc on as many victims as possible, they may re-think their plan."

Richard K. Jones
Butler County Sheriff

http://www.fox19.com/story/20362829/butler-co...
Concerned mother

Middletown, OH

#3 Dec 17, 2012
stop being defenseless wrote:
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Cincinnati Fox 19 release 12/17/12 11:38 AM EST, updated 12/17/12 1:03 PM EST
"I believe having armed personnel readily available to immediately respond would be a deterrent in and of itself. If a potential shooter knows someone might react within seconds rather than having a 15-30 minute or more window of opportunity to wreak havoc on as many victims as possible, they may re-think their plan."
Richard K. Jones
Butler County Sheriff
http://www.fox19.com/story/20362829/butler-co...
I would have to agree, having at least one person armed at school would make me feel better and I never thought I would say that!!
Ima Parent

Piqua, OH

#4 Dec 18, 2012
Concerned mother wrote:
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I would have to agree, having at least one person armed at school would make me feel better and I never thought I would say that!!
I totally disagree. No one is perfect; no not one.
Having at least one person armed at school would not be a comfort; but would cause more anxiety wondering about the "stability" of that one person. More questions about the instability of co-workers or students at school who may get possession of the firearm. How are we going to "evaluate" the background of these who would be approved to carry and conceal a firearm, moving about our kids classrooms and hallways? And would this not dig into the most private of investigations extended into the family members of this faculty member?
(Ima parent who is just sadly remembering the not so long ago news story of a professional counselor in the military service who obviously was highly educated and legally cleared to carry firearms; but the instability of mental condition was never learned which, according to the news, resulted in the tragic fatal attacks upon fellow workers.)
Would it not be be more helpful for Springborians to come together in open community discussion in response to this nationwide grief and shock upon us all, than it is to jump ahead with suggestions of ONE faculty member at school being responsible for the safety and security of our students.
There is some comfort in thinking that we have a "plan" to keep our students and faculty safe; but is there a safe way to turn our schools into a fortress?
Ima parent who would feel better if that one person at school with legally licensed firearms is a professionally trained policeman in an official uniform.
it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#5 Dec 18, 2012
Ima Parent wrote:
<quoted text>
I totally disagree. No one is perfect; no not one.
Having at least one person armed at school would not be a comfort; but would cause more anxiety wondering about the "stability" of that one person. More questions about the instability of co-workers or students at school who may get possession of the firearm. How are we going to "evaluate" the background of these who would be approved to carry and conceal a firearm, moving about our kids classrooms and hallways? And would this not dig into the most private of investigations extended into the family members of this faculty member?
(Ima parent who is just sadly remembering the not so long ago news story of a professional counselor in the military service who obviously was highly educated and legally cleared to carry firearms; but the instability of mental condition was never learned which, according to the news, resulted in the tragic fatal attacks upon fellow workers.)
Would it not be be more helpful for Springborians to come together in open community discussion in response to this nationwide grief and shock upon us all, than it is to jump ahead with suggestions of ONE faculty member at school being responsible for the safety and security of our students.
There is some comfort in thinking that we have a "plan" to keep our students and faculty safe; but is there a safe way to turn our schools into a fortress?
Ima parent who would feel better if that one person at school with legally licensed firearms is a professionally trained policeman in an official uniform.
Answering your concerns in reverse order.

1) Especially in cases where attacks are pre-planned, any person wearing a security or police uniform is surely target numero uno.

2) Yeah sure there are safe ways to turn a school into a fortress. Stage police, K9 gun-snifing dogs and metal detectors at every entrance. Lots of luck with the funding in light of "the cliff".

3) Oh, please! Use some of the common sense you were born with! Who said JUST ONE faculty member per school building would obtain a conceal and carry license? Who said JUST ONE undisclosed faculty member per school building would be required wear their concealed weapon on school grounds?

4) Anyone could pick through the media archives and find plenty of idiots. Conceal and carry isn't inherently wrong just because you remember a news episode of a lunatic who went on some kind of rampage abusing his C&C. The fact of the matter is by far the majority of people who go through the rigors of obtaining conceal and carry licensing gain a tremendous amount of respect for the weapon they will wear under their belt.

5) As they are currently for general hiring background checks, area law enforcement would have to be intimately involved with district administrators to extensively evaluate potential candidates for qualities and issues including their family background.

6) Springboro's schoolchildren and faculty would quickly learn they could breathe a collective sigh of relief once they came to terms with the knowledge that they have a few people IN their classrooms...IN their hallways...just in case their lives are ever placed in jeopardy.

"Conceal and carry" means no one but the principals, the superintendant and the board would be aware of the licensed gun carrier. Their identities would never be revealed. In theory C&C holders could be any "interior" faculty member including front desk receptionists, janitors, nurses, coaches, counselors, principals and teachers.

Students of all ages would need to be made acutely aware they're being secretly protected by select faculty with defensive weapons.
Students of all ages would need to have an understanding that the uncompromised secrecy of their protectors is of the utmost importance to their defense and safety.
Get Real

Piqua, OH

#6 Dec 18, 2012
it could happen here wrote:
<quoted text>
Answering your concerns in reverse order.
1) Especially in cases where attacks are pre-planned, any person wearing a security or police uniform is surely target numero uno.
2) Yeah sure there are safe ways to turn a school into a fortress. Stage police, K9 gun-snifing dogs and metal detectors at every entrance. Lots of luck with the funding in light of "the cliff".
3) Oh, please! Use some of the common sense you were born with! Who said JUST ONE faculty member per school building would obtain a conceal and carry license? Who said JUST ONE undisclosed faculty member per school building would be required wear their concealed weapon on school grounds?
4) Anyone could pick through the media archives and find plenty of idiots. Conceal and carry isn't inherently wrong just because you remember a news episode of a lunatic who went on some kind of rampage abusing his C&C. The fact of the matter is by far the majority of people who go through the rigors of obtaining conceal and carry licensing gain a tremendous amount of respect for the weapon they will wear under their belt.
5) As they are currently for general hiring background checks, area law enforcement would have to be intimately involved with district administrators to extensively evaluate potential candidates for qualities and issues including their family background.
6) Springboro's schoolchildren and faculty would quickly learn they could breathe a collective sigh of relief once they came to terms with the knowledge that they have a few people IN their classrooms...IN their hallways...just in case their lives are ever placed in jeopardy.
"Conceal and carry" means no one but the principals, the superintendant and the board would be aware of the licensed gun carrier. Their identities would never be revealed. In theory C&C holders could be any "interior" faculty member including front desk receptionists, janitors, nurses, coaches, counselors, principals and teachers.
Students of all ages would need to be made acutely aware they're being secretly protected by select faculty with defensive weapons.
Students of all ages would need to have an understanding that the uncompromised secrecy of their protectors is of the utmost importance to their defense and safety.
No disrespect intended, but in reality, this is just too much secrecy as to who among school workers are concealing legal weapons! Why should parents not know which ones are our kids c&c "protectors?"
it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#7 Dec 18, 2012
Get Real wrote:
<quoted text>
No disrespect intended, but in reality, this is just too much secrecy as to who among school workers are concealing legal weapons! Why should parents not know which ones are our kids c&c "protectors?"
You have a very sincere question. Thank you for asking. This is about installing a new mindset in how we envision "protection" in America's schools. It's about thinking pro-actively, not reactively. Before I answer your question please let me give some background.

If a gun attack is determined after the fact to be "random", the shooter or shooters had zero idea going in who their victims were going to be. What happened at Columbine in 1999 was intensely brutal but 100% random.

If a gun attack is premeditated (planned) this means the shooter or shooters in some way know their intended victims. They possibly know where they can find them at a specific point in time. When it's deemed premeditated, there's at least 1 clearcut target. It became obvious within hours of last Friday's Sandy Hook carnage that among shooter's top priorities was shooting his own mother.
Premeditated shooters would very likely know lots of things in advance including but not limited to locations of security cameras, habits of uniformed security personnel, and habits of front desk receptionists responsible for front door security.
__________

Here's a quote from Butler County OH Sheriff Richard K. Jones from Cincinnati Fox 19 released 12/17/12 11:38 AM EST, updated 12/17/12 1:03 PM EST

"I believe having armed personnel readily available to immediately respond would be a deterrent in and of itself. If a potential shooter knows someone might react within seconds rather than having a 15-30 minute or more window of opportunity to wreak havoc on as many victims as possible, they may re-think their plan."

http://www.fox19.com/story/20362829/butler-co...
__________

Now, to answer your question.
If students, parents, other teachers, other administrators and (let's face it) anyone interested within the community would gain knowledge of the identities of school building conceal and carry faculty members it could put the lives of those protectors in very serious jeopardy, particularly in the event of a premeditated attack. Through various communication channels, the attacker or attackers may gain knowledge as to which specific faculty members are carrying a defensive C&C weapon. If the identities of the protective faculty members are jeopardized, so increases the odds they may become a premeditated target for a shooter.
I would rather see the identiies remain secret so that the lives of C&C faculty aren't jeopardized, and they can remain alive and breathing to do what C&C are trained to do... Be a deterrent to violence - If and when necessary, defend against violence.

I believe Springboro as a whole will very soon come around to the concept that conceal and carry designated faculty would need to be undisclosed to all except for a few for the sake of the protection of each and every person in each school building.
Point Counter Point

Piqua, OH

#8 Dec 18, 2012
I believe Springboro as a whole will very soon come around to the concept that conceal and carry designated faculty would need to be undisclosed to all except for a few for the sake of the protection of each and every person in each school building.(stated in above post)

If indeed our Springboro schools are so insecure
as to require school employees to train themselves to get carry and conceal license to be the student's police officer "to protect and serve;" then our schools need the priority protection of fully trained professionals whose expertise is public safety.
A LOAD OF CRAP

Tipp City, OH

#9 Dec 18, 2012
it could happen here wrote:
Springboro schools reassures district parents... "our schools are safe".
The MA gunman last week was the son of a district employeee- his mother. All details are not yet 100% known but it is possible the gunman may have been somewhat familiar to faculty responsible for visitor security.
What if tomorrow, next week, next month or next year, a very unstable person with guns tucked under their coat was unceremoniously buzzed through a Springboro school's front door?
As much as we'd like to think it could be, Springboro is not an oasis from the evils of the world.
It could happen here.
In the 13 years since the Columbine massacre, America has watched too many of it's innocent schoolchildren and teachers mowed down in cold blood. The fact is we've been acting on the defensive. This stategy hasn't worked. We must change or alter our overall strategy. Now is the turning point. We must stop being only on the defensive because it isn't working. We must begin to think and act proactively.
Springboro School board and administrators ought to listen to messages from local law enforcement leaders like Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones believes strongly the solution to school violence can begin with having a strong defense as a deterrant. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is for the idea of select, undisclosed school faculty having a conceal & carry firearm on their person on school grounds during school hours.
A degree of secrecy would be of the utmost importance. Only respective school principals and the district's superintendent would have knowledge of which faculty possess firearm on school grounds with their conceal & carry license.
This is a load of crap! The first sentence is a lie and the writer should pay attention to current news. The mother was NOT a school faculty member. This was a mis report by national news.
Questions

Piqua, OH

#10 Dec 19, 2012
Aren't some news reports now stating that the mother was a community volunteer in the kindergarten?
Isn't it best for Springboroians to just slow down on this discussion board; stop beating the drum to license conceal and carry; and give us time to reason out ALL measures of "tightening" security before jumping to suggest arming our schools with weapons in the hands of employees?
All opinions of citizens need to be respected and considered;we don't just blindly accept for our schools the butler county sheriff's expertise opinion of law enforcement.
it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#11 Dec 19, 2012
Point Counter Point wrote:
I believe Springboro as a whole will very soon come around to the concept that conceal and carry designated faculty would need to be undisclosed to all except for a few for the sake of the protection of each and every person in each school building.(stated in above post)

If indeed our Springboro schools are so insecure
as to require school employees to train themselves to get carry and conceal license to be the student's police officer "to protect and serve;" then our schools need the priority protection of fully trained professionals whose expertise is public safety.
First of all, the privilege of conceal and carry is not by any stretch something that is "self taught". Each and every person who applys for C&C license is required to run a gamut of background checks through both the state they reside in as well as through national crime data banks. Then they have to prove they have a head on their shoulders by testing through all aspects of proper management, maintenance and operation of firearms.

I do not necessarily disagree with the concept of staging permanent uniformed police officers in our schools. Doing this would certainly provide a very high level of comfort in terms of personal and collective security for our students and faculty. However there are two reasons why I believe this district needs to seriously consider faculty trained with C&C, not uniformed police officers.

1) If an attack is pre-meditated or pre-planned, the attacker either knows their intended victim(s) and/or the physical layout and/or habits of those within the facility. As Butler County Sheriff Jones stated, the main focus of having uniformed police is to dissuade these kinds of attacks. Something that must be taken seriously into account is almost all of the shooters have been found after the fact to be mentally unstable to one degree or another. It is a quite a stretch to speculate whether or not the simple presence of uniformed police would be enough to deter the mentally unstable. Again, police uniforms or private security uniforms and the people wearing them can be pre scouted just the same as locations of cameras, etc.

2) The costs! I believe right now Springboro has six functioning instructional buildings. I'd like our school board to get with Springboro Police Dept to draw up figures as to how much it would cost to hire, train and stage six permanent policemen, one per building. Plenty of questions remain. Would one armed policeman per building be enough of a deterrant? Would police partnerships with K9s be practical and adventageous? Budget numbers would have to be hammered out by multiple parties,but there is absolutely no question multiple faculty can be trained and licensed in C&C for the cost it would take to hire each permanent police officer.

Our board should also examine overall costs associated with faculty C&C training & licensing. Numbers would have to be hammered out but there is absolutely no question multiple faculty can be trained and licensed in C&C for the costs it would take to hire and retain each police officer.
it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#12 Dec 19, 2012
Questions wrote:
Aren't some news reports now stating that the mother was a community volunteer in the kindergarten?
Isn't it best for Springboroians to just slow down on this discussion board; stop beating the drum to license conceal and carry; and give us time to reason out ALL measures of "tightening" security before jumping to suggest arming our schools with weapons in the hands of employees?
All opinions of citizens need to be respected and considered;we don't just blindly accept for our schools the butler county sheriff's expertise opinion of law enforcement.
I'll back off on my previous statement about the mother. A lot of accounts have the mother tied to the school in one fashion or another. Others don't. Some have certain school faculty recognizing the gunman as the son of the dead mother. Others don't.

Here is one thing that is certain - It is part of human nature after such tragedies to immediately tighten up defenses. The original rules come back gladly self-enforced by faculty: No one gets buzzed in without I.D. and just reason to be there. One month, two months, three months, six months go by. What tends to occur? A lack of national catastrophe in the way of no school shootings begins to breed an aura of false security.

If you wish to be skeptical of Sheriff Jones for his comments regarding armed security in school, that's fine. That's your prerogative.
However we should always be honest with ourselves. We should be wary and have a 6th sense for those who voice a false sense of security.
Point Counter Point

Piqua, OH

#13 Dec 19, 2012
Simmer down. You've have made your point that you are over anxious that "it could happen here" but others may feel just as strongly that emotional crisis such as this nation-wide shock can cloud good judgment. Why not go beyond the highly emotional shock talk of C&C and discuss and debate other "proactive defensive measures."
Whoever in the world said that C&C was the only necessary proactive defense measure that can be taken in Springboro schools?
Let's just all take a deep breath, stop promoting "it could happen here" because this call to action during this highly emotional time just smells too much like the political agenda "never let a crisis go to waste when it can be spent to further a political cause."
it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#14 Dec 20, 2012
Point Counter Point wrote:
Whoever in the world said that C&C was the only necessary proactive defense measure that can be taken in Springboro schools?
To date I have not heard anyone voice an opinion that the use of faculty trained with C&C (or for that matter - hired, armed police officers) should stand alone as the "only" defensive measure in our schools.

http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2012/12/19/D...
it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#15 Dec 20, 2012
Questions wrote:
We don't just blindly accept for our schools the butler county sheriff's expertise opinion of law enforcement.
Fine. Please read the Ohio Attorney General's position.

http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2012/12/19/D ...

“The truth is that, while we train first responders, the real first responders in these tragedies are teachers,” Mr. DeWine said.“They’re the ones who are there. They’re the ones that are going to make the life and death decisions. They’re the ones that are going to do what they can do to save lives.
“By the time the first responders get there, we may already have a number of children killed,” he said.“That’s just the fact, no matter how good the first responders are or how fast they respond.… So it makes sense to be training (teachers and administrators) as well as law enforcement officers.”
He unveiled a partnership with the Department of Education and a variety of school and law enforcement organizations to extend training beyond law enforcement to teachers and principals to identify potential problems before they occur and to help them respond when they do occur.
But he stopped short of suggesting what an unarmed teacher or principal can do in the face of an armed shooter. Ohio law makes carrying guns into schools illegal. The question of proactively arming a security guard, teacher, or administrator will be a matter of discussion, Mr. DeWine said.
“If I was on a school board — and I’m not...It’s the toughest job there is...— I would seriously consider having someone in that school who may be an ex-police officer, someone who has significant training, who had access to a gun in a school,” he said.
“But you’d have to be very careful about it,” Mr. DeWine said.“I’m not saying everyone in school should be armed, but someone who knows exactly what they are doing who has that gun under lock and key and who can get to it instantly, that’s something I would at least debate and talk about in the school.”
Mr. DeWine has been critical that some schools had not filed mandatory safety plans and building floor plans with his office as required by law, and his office said many of those plans do not meet new minimum guidelines.
On Tuesday, The Blade sent reporters to a number of elementary schools in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, sometimes encountering unlocked front entrance doors or being buzzed through locked doors before any questions were asked.
In each case when confronted, the reporters identified themselves and explained their reasons for being there.
When asked for reaction to The Blade’s experience, Mr. DeWine stressed that filing a quality plan is only the first step.
it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#16 Dec 20, 2012
(cont.)

““Step 2: You have to follow the plan,” he said.“Now I couldn’t tell you on those schools — I don’t know what schools they are — if they were following their plan or they weren’t following their plan. Maybe that’s what their plan said…

“We cannot, unless we barricade our schools in this country, ensure that there’s never going to be a problem, but what we can do, and what is our moral obligation to do as citizens and elected officials, is to minimize the risk, to increase our odds of the kids surviving, and to decrease the odds of something happening,” Mr. DeWine said.

“We can do that,” he said.“It is within our power to do that…For us not to do it is simply wrong. In the end, there’s no guarantee.”
Question

Piqua, OH

#17 Dec 20, 2012
it could happen here wrote:
(cont.)
““Step 2: You have to follow the plan,” he said.“Now I couldn’t tell you on those schools — I don’t know what schools they are — if they were following their plan or they weren’t following their plan. Maybe that’s what their plan said…
“We cannot, unless we barricade our schools in this country, ensure that there’s never going to be a problem, but what we can do, and what is our moral obligation to do as citizens and elected officials, is to minimize the risk, to increase our odds of the kids surviving, and to decrease the odds of something happening,” Mr. DeWine said.
“We can do that,” he said.“It is within our power to do that…For us not to do it is simply wrong. In the end, there’s no guarantee.”
Why not minimize the risk of attackers getting inside our school building by considering ways to strengthen the security outside the buildings?
it could happen here

Germantown, OH

#18 Dec 20, 2012
Question wrote:
<quoted text>
Why not minimize the risk of attackers getting inside our school building by considering ways to strengthen the security outside the buildings?
Administrators are the adult decision makers in the offices and halls. Teachers are the adult decision makers in the classrooms.
Police are staged as protectors outside the buildings. This is the world you've built. Now let's play a game of worst case scenario...

Someone somewhat familar around the district breaches all security, waves as he walks right past a somewhat apathetic police officer, gets buzzed through the front door, waves and says "hi" as he walks up to the receptionist. He grabs and signs a visitors pass. Then he walks away and slowly reaches into his coat pocket as he throws his shoulder into the nearest classroom door.

At the instant this man bursts through the classroom door, it would be 200% better to have fully trained & armed individuals not OUTSIDE the building but instead in adjacent classrooms, library or the schools office - any predesignated point. More children's lives could have been saved, and could be saved, if first responders (police officers and or C&C trained faculty) were/are INSIDE the schools where defense needs to be.
More Questions

Piqua, OH

#19 Dec 22, 2012
it could happen here wrote:
<quoted text>
Administrators are the adult decision makers in the offices and halls. Teachers are the adult decision makers in the classrooms.
Police are staged as protectors outside the buildings. This is the world you've built. Now let's play a game of worst case scenario...
Someone somewhat familar around the district breaches all security, waves as he walks right past a somewhat apathetic police officer, gets buzzed through the front door, waves and says "hi" as he walks up to the receptionist. He grabs and signs a visitors pass. Then he walks away and slowly reaches into his coat pocket as he throws his shoulder into the nearest classroom door.
At the instant this man bursts through the classroom door, it would be 200% better to have fully trained & armed individuals not OUTSIDE the building but instead in adjacent classrooms, library or the schools office - any predesignated point. More children's lives could have been saved, and could be saved, if first responders (police officers and or C&C trained faculty) were/are INSIDE the schools where defense needs to be.
Perhaps parents should reconsider simply homeschooling their children if attending public schools is this dangerous?
Is public schools education worth risking our children's safety?
ponder these questions

Germantown, OH

#20 Dec 23, 2012
Question wrote:
<quoted text>
Why not minimize the risk of attackers getting inside our school building by considering ways to strengthen the security outside the buildings?
Without a doubt, strengthening security outside the buildings would help in deterring certain types of attacks. But still anything could happen. What would happen if one such defense perimeters were compromised by an attacker?
Shots are heard inside of a school. Where are the locations of perimeter police officers? Where are the teachers and administrators? Which party is in a better position to save lives of schoolchildren and fellow faculty? Which party is in a better place to act as First Responders?

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