School safety should be our top priority


Editor, The Commercial:

School safety and children’s lives should be our priority. I do not believe we will ever stop a bad person from acquiring deadly weapons. It is the evil people with guns we must control. If we accept in-place security measures in our airports, surely we can do equally as well for our children in schools.

Schools need to be safe with security cameras, communication equipment with each classroom and office. Our schools need secure doors that can be locked and unlocked from the inside quickly if necessary. Available green and red signs should be available for each teacher to place on exterior windows of a classroom alerting SWAT teams whether the classroom is safe or in immediate danger. Lock down measures to isolate a threat need to be in place. Visitor temp badging, track approved/unapproved visitors, import of sexual predator lists or lists of other people needing monitoring, on-screen warnings of banned visitors, information on child custodial issues and reports on visitors, background checks on volunteers and others are needed.

Our children didn’t ask to be born. We adults invited them here. It is our responsibility to care for them in a safe and secure way. I urge us all to contact our political leaders and demand security for our children in schools. If politicians can find money to fund airports that aren’t used, build bridges leading to nowhere and provide money for needless other projects, they owe us to fund the safety of our nation’s greatest asset. Can I get an Amen?

Bob Smithey

Pine Bluff