10 Questions About School Safety


10 Questions About School Safety

Mar 12th, 2018
Kay Coles James

President of The Heritage Foundation

James is a leader in government, academia and the conservative movement.
If our nation really wants to make schools safer, we have to have a broader and more caring conversation. Maksymowicz/Getty Images

Key Takeaways

Unlike government buildings, stadiums, and shopping malls, schools are known as “soft targets” because they are so unprotected.

The political debate raging today is disappointing.

Our children and grandchildren deserve to be safe at school.

On April 20, 1999, two students attacked Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 21 more. Two weeks ago, a former student did the same thing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing 17 and wounding 16 more. Nearly two decades separate these tragedies. Yet, our grieving nation is still searching for a solution.

My children never experienced such horror, thank God. They are now beyond school age, but my grandchildren aren’t. So like mothers and grandmothers across America, I lie awake at night, worrying about the next tragedy and wondering what our society needs to do to prevent it.

The knee-jerk answer by many is “ban guns.” But the questions we face are too complex to be resolved by just two words. Here are 10 that keep me awake.

Read the full article: http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/376243-10-questions-about-school-safety 

This piece originally appeared in The Hill on 3/01/18