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Rantings and Ravings


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By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate reporter

It has been a tough couple of weeks across the nation for school security issues.

First there was the hostage incident in Colorado and then the school lock-down in Florida and then the shooting at the Amish school.

I wrote last winter about how I could enter our school and go where I need to without checking into the office. As far as I know that probably is still the case. I am not sure how you would secure the many doors that most high schools have without hindering the movement that the students require to get from activity to activity.

One of the television news teams did a little "experiment" with a reporter and a camera man roaming one school. No one stopped them.

I don't think that was a fair experiment because in a media savvy world, we assume someone with a camera is cleared to be where they are. Probably a bad assumption. I think that is why I don't get questioned much when I show up somewhere.

I try to make sure I identify myself to someone in charge as soon as possible, but I also act like I am supposed to be wherever I am at and most people don't even question me.

I think that the latest school tragedies should keep us on our toes about security at our schools and other events. However I hope that it doesn't mean that we should lock up our kids to keep them safe.

One of the best tools we can give our kids is the ability to be aware of their surroundings and to learn to trust their instincts about situations. Our job as adults is to create a good safe environment in which our children can live. Unfortunately, the world is full of unexpected and dangerous situations. We can't even imagine things that might happen in our days to come.

So rather that instilling a sense of fear and distrust in our children, I hope we will continue to prepare them to expect the unexpected. Teach them it is okay to question things that seem out of place, but not to cower in dread at everything new. Also help them learn that it is not okay to act without thinking or think without acting.

I wish we could guarantee by doing the right combination of things, we can keep all the children safe. It is not to be.

But let's do everything we can to give our kids the tools to keep themselves safe for their entire lives.

(Editors note: It is the policy of Carbon School District that all persons entering a school check in with the schools office before going anywhere else on the campus.)


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