As if our area children aren’t already traumatized every time they hear a tornado siren or are hurried into a storm shelter, soon, if not already, they will learn what to do should a shooting occur at their school.
Emergency responders have been meeting with school administrators across the area. Meetings are being held at universities, colleges, high schools and elementary schools to discuss a response should a shooting happen. On Thursday, Carthage administrators were meeting for the grim discussion.
The safety meetings there have been held periodically since the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead in Newtown, Conn. The Carthage Police Department has conducted training, including “active shooter drills” inside Carthage schools.
And the same thing is — or should be — happening at your child’s school.
We applaud local police and school officials, particularly teachers, for realizing that it has become just as necessary to have a “shooter” drill as it is to have a tornado drill or a fire drill.
Until America addresses core problems associated with mental illness and our pervading culture of violence, fear is going to be a core subject within the walls of our schools.
It saddens us that teachers can no longer fully concentrate on teaching our children the basics of math, science and reading. They have become the keepers of our children in so many ways. And they receive the blame for the failings of our society.
Yet, what else would we have them do?
Our children are our most precious belongings. They are our future.
We must be able to teach them and keep them safe at the same time.
We support the local efforts that are under way to do just that.
Our View: No need for No. 9
“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?”
Your View: ‘Right to Farm’ is wrong
On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1.
Your View: No on Amendment 7
The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money.
Your View: Bad way to get revenue
I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.
Other Views: Symptom of bad policy
The Obama administration continues to be surprised and shocked when its policies of good intentions suddenly meet the hard reality of unintended consequences.
Rebecca French Smith, guest columnist: Amendment 1: Farmers are 'boots on the ground'
Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.
Your View; Makes no sense
Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated.
Your View: Time value of money
I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”
Your View: Boiling a frog
We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”
Our view: 'Yes' on 7
Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”
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