Opinion: Schools can only do so much to prevent school shootings. Lawmakers must step up.

Opinion: Schools can only do so much to prevent school shootings. Lawmakers must step up.

A prayer vigil held after the Oxford High School school shooting, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Oxford, Michigan. School officials nationwide notified parents about extra precautions ahead of a reported “National Shoot Up Your School Day” on Dec. 17. Smith is a former student teacher at Helix Charter School who now teaches high school English in Ventura, where he lives. School officials nationwide notified parents about extra precautions ahead of a reported “National Shoot Up Your School Day” on Dec. 17, and many students reportedly stayed home even though law enforcement agencies said the threats weren’t credible and TikTok, where the threat supposedly began, found no evidence of the trend. The situation demonstrates an unnamed fear we all live with in the United States, that our children could be killed when attending school. School shootings are normalized and our society demands schools solve a problem that is far beyond what any district can hope to overcome. Still, public education tries. All staff are trained with the “Run, Hide, Fight” plan. We provide this platform for community commentary free of charge. Thank you to all the Union-Tribune subscribers whose support makes our journalism possible. If you are not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today. Teachers all have exit strategies to fulfill the “Run” portion of the safety plan. Pre-mapped paths are planned to get a class, between 20 and 45 students, off campus and away from danger as quickly as possible while maintaining reasonable cover. Schools have also sought […]

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