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Sad and Frustrating: 10 Dead and 10 Injured at Santa Fe Texas HS… and the Solution? Close Off Exits and Monitor Social Media!

May 21, 2018

A Truthdig article by Jacob Sugarman describes the fruitlessness of our current policies on school safety.

Santa Fe HS in Texas did everything by the book to prepare for a “shooter”… and yet their school was the site of the latest horrific mass killing. They had two armed guards, one of whom was unsurprisingly among the first people shot by the teenage gunman. They had a well conceived evacuation plan, which did no good to the 19 others who were shot by the gunman. Their surveillance cameras captured some of the mayhem, but protected none of the victims.

So… after hearing calls to arm teachers, install cameras, install fences around schools, and install sophisticated door locks, what next? Alternet reported on Texas Lt. Governor Patrick’s “solution”:

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made comments that struck many as bizarre. While discussing ways to address the problem of gun violence going forward, Patrick focused extensively on the idea the schools’ many entrances may make them too unsafe.

“We may have to look at the design of our schools,” he said. “And retrofitting schools that are already built. What I mean by that is that there are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses in Texas. … There aren’t enough people to put a guard at every entrance and exit.”

Mr. Patrick might want to discuss this idea with Fire marshals and those who write and enforce building codes: those “exits” are a means of egress for students if a fire occurs. But Mr. Patrick does not have the worst idea. That belongs to Fox news celebrity Sean Hannity:

If Sean Hannity truly has Trump’s ear, as a recent New York Magazine report indicates, it probably won’t be the last such proposal. This week, the Fox News host challenged the federal government to monitor every student’s social media activity, insisting the mounting number of school shootings is “not a gun issue.”

Not only are we placing our children in de facto prisons to protect gun rights, we are now proposing to snoop on their social media accounts to “protect” them. Instead of restricting access to guns we ARE raising our children to adjust to life under a totalitarian rule. Something is truly amiss in our thinking.

And here’s the saddest footnote to all of this:

As of Friday, 29 students have been slain in 16 such incidents in American schools this year. Just 13 U.S. service members have been killed on active duty over the same period.

 

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