I want to take a moment to congratulate the staff of Clarksville High School in Arkansas for taking a proactive approach to the gun violence plaguing our schools (July 31).
On many campuses, we already have law enforcement personnel assigned for part of the day, so this shouldn’t be a major upheaval in the day-to-day operations of the educational system. What it will provide is additional support to an insufficiently structured security plan on their campus, and place a small group of first-responders on the front lines. This additional responsibility isn’t one the staff of Clarksville envisioned when they took the job of educating the kids, but it’s a duty they are willing to accept to protect their students during hazardous times.
Being adequately prepared and competent to handle firearms isn’t a talent reserved solely to law enforcement; proper training and mental preparedness are something many people can acquire through the right channels, if the opportunity presents itself. These staffers are taking their jobs seriously and training for the worst-case scenario. We live in violent times, and placing our heads in the sand will not make the problem disappear.