Safety in Public Schools

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Since the massacre that took place at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado nearly 19 years ago, there have been over 50 school shootings in the U.S alone. In the wake of the most recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, many students across the nation are calling for action.

If we implement gun control, what is going to prevent a criminal from entering the building with a different weapon? As a high school student, I believe the most logical route would be to reinforce classroom doors and the windows surrounding it, provide teachers with a weapon that will stun the shooter until police arrive, and to educate a select group of students in first aid if casualties were to occur. Alternatives and extra measures would include hiring more student resource officers, and placing metal detectors in front offices and other possible visitor entrances. If anything, there should be assemblies held where the speaker discusses what to do and what not to do during a school shooting. 

Nonetheless, if something is not done, these shootings will persist. If this petition is to be signed by many, I expect it to be shown to the Greenville County School Board, and perhaps even beyond that. If we have the funds to provide chromebooks to our students, we have the funds to give our students a safe environment to learn. Students should not have to live in fear for their right to a public, free education. Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shooting, once stated, "Tomorrow is not a promise, but a chance". Let us take this chance to make a change. Thank you.