Two news stories on the same day this week illustrate separate aspects of the school security issue.
The Wichita Board of Education approved spending three million dollars to upgrade its security system for all schools in the district. Basically, the board wants to make sure that all entry ways are secure … that no one can wander in off the streets, unannounced and unwelcome. This is smart and effective.
The other story involved an 18-year-old student at Wichita West High, arrested for allegedly making threats to shoot other students. He was reportedly spotted searching school shooting stories on a computer. Someone alerted the school resource officer and police acted quickly. This is a story that could have ended tragically, if not for alert students who did the right thing and a police department acting without hesitation.
Modern technology has a very important role in keeping our young people and their educators safe in class.
Attentive, motivated human beings are also a huge part of the school security picture.
Our thought for today is from Ramsey Clark:
“There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither.”