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School Safety Measures: Are You Aware of The Options?

When we realized cars were dangerous we added seat belts, car seats, and speed limits.

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. 

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Carol C January 10, 2013 at 09:31 PM
And what are we doing for safety? Another school shooting today. Last year this kid had a "hit list" - do you think he will be getting the help he needs? I doubt it. All the more reasons to PROTECT the SCHOOOLS better! http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/high-school-shooting-taft-california-183012601.html
SKK January 10, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I agree.
Amy P April 10, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Carol - I see you are an advocate for children, which is awesome. Did you hear that at Northboro Town Meeting, article 33 is going to allow cellular antennas to be mounted on schools. They have to get a special permit but once our bylaw allows it I heard it will be hard to stop. Just wanted to give you a "heads up" so if you disagree you could help spread the word. thanks
Carol C April 10, 2013 at 02:53 AM
@43 yr old resident. I am interested learning more about it. I am not as on the ball as I was last year. People whom attended the meetings have filled me in a little. Can you email me a copy of the full article that you can get at the town clerks office? Lovinlifeinnh@hotmail.com
Carol C September 24, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Glad to hear the schools are changing the protocols

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