In the wake of the latest horrific mass shooting, I find myself asking many questions. I urge you to check out this school district safety measures posted on ABC News.
“So often we hear, 'We can’t afford it, but what we can’t afford is another terrible incident,'" a person is quoted in the video as saying. In two years, it has spent $175,000 on safety measures and plan to add more.
I happen to agree wholeheartedly. I'm no finance guru. I am a mom and want to stay that way. I would be willing to pay to keep my kids safer; would you?
I realize some people have hardships, but the majority of parents in our zip code do not fall into a low income bracket. To put it in perspective, let's run some basic numbers. There are about 1,926 students between the middle school and the elementary schools. Our high school has about 1,446 (with both towns combined). Let's say there are about 2,700 students, total, in our town. If we spent $185 per student, we would have about $500,000. And if we did it for two years, we would have a million dollars.
I think there should no pricetag put on children and I would be more than willing to pay my fair share. Yes, our taxes are high and the budget is always balanced. Perhaps, this year we can put off some anticipated spending and re-budget to put the needs of the children first.
Click this link to see how another district is handling the ever growing safety issues at school. The district is not alone. There are other school districts that have the same protocol or use guards.
What can we expect from our community? We have great practices in place, but we can always improve them. "Know more; do better," right? I think we can reach the expectations of our children.
I ask you to consider these truths before making your final judgement. When we realized cars were dangerous we added seat belts, car seats, and speed limits. When 9/11 happened we revamped our airports and made them safer. We eat healthier to live longer and because we know it's better for us. In life you have to adjust to changes. Our society has changed. We must change. I urge us not to hope and pray it doesn't happen, not to hope and pray someone will come in and swoop us up and fix our problems. It is up to us - the parents - of these beautiful, care free loving children.
Be reminded Newtown, CT, is an affluent community. Friends of mine have said it is very comparable to Southborough. Newtown probably never thought it would happen to them; who would? Someone from another community came in and took it upon himself to reek havoc on these innocent non suspecting teachers, children, and families.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all! While you are enjoying this much needed family time, squeeze those kids tight and tell them you love them. My thoughts are with the families of Newtown, CT whom are suffering the unthinkable, the unimaginable.
Here is another good read by ABC news, which highlights a program called ALICE, which stands for Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate.