I laid in bed with my kids after putting them to sleep. I woke up with pain in my chest just to think that what happened in Connecticut could happen to them. I, as well as many other parents have been traumatized by what happened. I live in San Diego, California, and when I heard the news it hit me as if I were at the sight of the incident, simply because I too am a parent. I just want to say that ever since Friday the 14th, I have been repeating the same suggestions that I've just read here about how to make schools safer. I have made my points pretty much like they appeared in the article, specially the suggestions about having the schools protected with armed forces (not the teachers) and having weapon detectors at every school entrance. The schools also have to be protected from loop holes through where criminals can access the school. They have to be built so that from no where but the front gates, the school can be accessed. But where does that leave the people that are inside to run to? I also think that every classroom should have a "panic room" sort of speaking, in which classmates and teacher can hide and wait until the situation is resolved. The rooms whould be built so that they cannot be opened from the outside, but from the inside using an electronic code or key. Could be the size of a one toilet bathroom or a bit larger. The important thing is not to be comfortable inside this room but to be safe. Something has got to be done! My kid's preschool has access to every classroom from the street. One can pretty much access all classrooms by opening the door from the street, and the front door is constantly opened for anyone to walk right in. To make matters worse, no on in the principal's office would be aware of who is going in and out because they don't have any visibility of the entrance.
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