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    Chardon High School Shooting...Where was the oversight?


    Our hearts continue to break this morning for the King family whose son lost his fight to survive yesterday's tragic shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio, representing the second student to lose his young life to this senseless tragedy. Our hearts go out to them and the entire Chardon High School Community during this tragic time of loss and immeasurable grief.


    I can't help but question where the oversight was on the part of the school administrators who set policy for how students are monitored based on their confirmed emotional state and psychological issues. Will someone tell me why 'at risk students' are allowed to gather at a central school location before being transported to their special needs school??? Why would any school district allow these students to casually mingle within a highly populated student environment without added and direct supervision is highly questionable. Not ONE media specialist has publicly addressed this scenario and exposed this major flaw to the American public. Students who are identified as 'at risk' should be transported from/to their home DIRECTLY to/from their 'at risk' school environment under heightened supervision and for good reason. Such students are categorized as such due to psychological analysis which has placed them in this 'at risk' category. If only this added security measure had been imposed, the two young boys who lost their lives, as well as the other students injured and all those exposed to this random act of violence, would be waking up with their families this morning, peaceful and among us.


    I marvel at how the media continues to praise 'how well the school protected their students and handled the situation' - - What? Am I missing something? The lack of oversight and properly seperating 'at risk' students from the general student population resulted in the loss of 2 lives, leaving 4 more students fighting for their lives, and hundreds at risk every day by exposing them to students who have clearly been identified as emotionally disturbed. The notion of integrating all students regardless of the extreme range of emotional instability they represent, especially during such critical developmental years, is ignorant on the part of all school administrators who fail to respond to this clear and present danger. Haven't we seen enough of this? Haven't the enormity of losses suffered in secondary educational environments across this country determined it is time to be proactive versus reactive?


    ONE child lost due to poor implementation of security measures within any educational environment is one too many as far as I'm concerned, and something tells me I am not alone here. It's not about how many lives were potentially saved after the fact. It's about the lives lost and the multitude of tragedies which could have been prevented. Students who are identified as 'at risk' should be under direct supervision at all times. Period. No 'high marks' given from my perspective to any school administrator who does not recognize the need to protect students from other students who have been categorized as 'at risk' under ANY circumstances. The school administrators fell painfully short in protecting their student body and we now see the results of what such ignorance brings to our children, our families, who entrust their safety in those who set administrative policy for our educational environments across this country. Wake up and do your homework.


    I will leave you with this question...If a teacher believes keeping a bullet proof vest in his classroom is necessary, why wouldn't that very same teacher believe it is necessary for the school to impose a zero tolerance environment requiring all students to pass through a metal detection system upon entry? Makes you think, doesn't it? It's nice to know the teacher thought enough to protect himself from firearms, but not the entire school population.

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