Amardeep Kaleka and Roxanna Green both lost loved ones in a mass shooting. They offer support to victims' families in Newtown, Connecticut.
I have been reading a lot of these posts. Some people want guns; others want another option. I am reminded of the Jews when the Roman occupation had taken place, there were many zealots who fought for their freedom. Ultimately, the words and peaceful actions of Jesus and the new Christians is what changed the Roman empire. Just wondering maybe we should take a page out of that book ,namely the Bible.
Just have to put my 2c in, what happen in that Connecticut school is terrible and this is not to make light of that but when you start talking about gun control and blaming guns for everything, I just need to make this point. Doing what I do for a living makes me no expert but I do have a good idea how the system works. Alcohol kills more individuals every year then all the gun violence in the US but we still do nothing. Alcohol kills more children every year then guns do. When guns are involved in domestic violence, alcohol is usually involved more than 70% of the time. Children are molested, raped, beaten, and left to defend for themselves and alcohol is going to be the main reason 80% percent of the time. We have some real issues out there and until we address those bigger issues, we will never get a clear picture of the nature of the problems our children face.
I lived four miles from Newtown, Ct. in 1985-1986, at the Four Corners off Rte. 7. I remember driving through Newtown and that flagpole that splits the two-lane road on my way to Milford/New Haven to visit friends. Such a quaint, peaceful New England town. My new motto in my life is "my heart is broken, my spirit is not". Those are the most powerful words I have seen since Friday's madness. I feel so helpless and sad. Seeing your coverage of these beautiful angels does a lot to uplift a grieving community and nation. I really appreciate the fact that you take the perpetrator's power away by refusing to utter his name...thank you for that. The only thing I can think to do right now it to crochet 27 angels for my Christmas tree, each with the name and photo of the victims and the dates of their too short lives. These angels will remain on display throughout my house year round, so I will bear honor to them and NEVER forget. God bless these angels and their families. And God bless you Anderson for your compassion.
My top four choices to combat school tragedies AT a school:
1. School Counseling. MANDATED school guidance counselors in every school at (least) to a ratio of 1:250. (School Counseling to include Parent Education.)
2. Drop all teaching ratios to 1:20
3. Fully fund Special Education
4. Guns in schools. A minimum of 2 concealed weapons on each campus. These staff to have gone through a special training developed and supported by local police authorities to include gun safety, and Active Shooter training.
I do not guarantee a success rate because, as in life, there are no guarantees. We can do some work on prevention though, and these are my quick suggestions.
– Scott Gehrman. Credentialed California school administrator and counselor who has developed school safety plans alongside school guidance plans; ultimately creating a culture of caring and respect at the school level.
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