School Safety Forum Held for Charlottesville, Albemarle
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#1 Feb 22, 2013
Shame that this was scheduled the same night as Parent/Teacher Conferences for High Schools. Perhaps an unfortunate oversight, but I believe this is indicative of a significant disjoint between central office decision makers and the people with children and actually working in the schools.
#2 Feb 22, 2013
Individuals were not permitted to ask questions because the panel most likely would not have had answers.
I keep thinking, is it going to take an shooting incident to get some measures in place for us to realize that yes we do live in one of the best cities in the world, but we still can be vulnerable to the Adam Lanza's of the world.
#3 Feb 22, 2013
School safety? Were topics like drug usage and sex amongst the little treasures discussed? Those are the real safety issues----that is probably why they weren't discussed. This pseudo city is all about denial.
Put a bank type panic button in each principal's office that rings at the police station and see if that helps everybody feel that they are action oriented.
#4 Feb 22, 2013
We don't need a forem to protect us we need each other, we need to be aware of our kids and there friends , watch & listen we are the eyes to be able to stop the violance befor it gets in the school or theater
#5 Feb 22, 2013
As a licensed armed private security contractor, a full time single parent, and active participant in my elected government's decision making, I believe "fear" is a self-induced state of mind originating from those less educated, unexperienced, or whom have not associated with other firearms owners. Fear is an emotion that is easily manipulated to create additional restrictions on us all, and should be recognized as a political "tool". I agree that mutual respect for life and consistant dialogue is imperative to creating boundaries we can all peacefully co-exist within.
#6 Feb 22, 2013
The evasive and non-answers given last night were especially disappointing given the fact that I submitted several other questions (as requested or offered) when registering for the forum.
I must applaud Chief Longo and Sergeant Gore for the responsiveness and forthcoming dialogue last night and when I met individually with Sgt. Gore.
Unfortunately, there was far too little true dialogue last night. This was most obviously the case from the Assistant Superintendents on the panel. Among other concerns I have, audience members' raised hands were actively ignored.
I believe the city and county schools have excellent plans in place to prevent and address bullying and violence in our schools. Dr. Cornell of UVa made it very clear that U.S. schools are very safe places (and far less dangerous than other public spaces).
However, the real problem seems to be the schools' unwillingness, hesitation or delay to address individual situations that have occurred in both city and county schools. These lapses indicate a distinct difference between intention and everyday reality.
I have no doubt all officials there last night are doing their very best under difficult situations.
However, there also seems to be a palpable unwillingness to engage in dialogue with students' parents, families and other interested parties.
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