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Students Warned Principal of Gunman’s Threat

October 11, 2007

Newsday reports:

Rasheem Smith, said on CBS’ "Early Show" that despite their warnings
about the student who opened fire Wednesday, Asa H. Coon, principal
Johneita Durant told them she was too busy.

What is going on in this country?  We can police Iraq and Afghanistan; we can keep close ties on Iran but we cannot keep guns out of our schools?!

This incident in Cleveland is tragic, but I am not surprised it happened.  With the proliferation of guns in this country I am more surprised that it doesn’t happen more often.  What needs to happen for our Senators and Congresspersons to put the halt on the wishes of the Gun Lobby?  Another Columbine, another Virginia Tech?  Obviously not – not when a student with "a history of mental problems… known for cursing at teachers and bickering with students" can gain access to enough ammunition to fill a duffel bag and walk in to a public high school like it was Deadwood!

Now we find out, once again, the perpetrator of this act of violence is non compus mentis, plus he had no less than five (5) run-ins with police relating to violent criminal behavior.  But he was stable enough for to gain access to two guns and plenty of bullets.  The state of the gun laws in this country is atrocious. But that is not what I want to talk about. What I want to know is how could the Principal of the school be so derelict in her duty.  I understand educators are extremely busy, but I was always under the impression that the safety of the students in the charge of the institution was right up there with oxygen in importance, especially for the Principal (the chief administrator) of the school.

Could our countries failing public school system be more sick than we think?  With instances like this I am inclined to think so.  I experience it daily. Many things that concern my children’s safety seem to be overlooked for the expediency of administrating the business of education.  But nothing concerns me more than the recurring motif of the mentally disturbed (specifically the violent) not being supervised.  I can only imagine the anger the parents of the students who tried to get the principals attention feel after this disaster.

Now I’ve got one question for the country.  Why is it we can provide metal detectors for all of our federal government buildings, but can’t for our federally supported schools? 

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