Hall County, Georgia School Safety and Security

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In light of the recent murder of 17 teachers and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and keeping in mind all of the tragic murders that have occurred on school grounds since Columbine in 1999, we the parents, friends and families of children that attend Hall County Schools in Hall County, Georgia are requesting increased security measures at all public schools in Hall County.

Andrew Pollack's daughter was murdered at Stoneman Douglas. He was part of the discussion on school safety that took place at the White House just this week. He made some very poignant comments. "We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies, the Department of Education that I walked in today has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator, they’ve got a security guard. I’m very angry that this happened, because it keeps happening. 9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it’s fixed."

Unfortunately, history has shown that depending on the federal government to move in a timely manner to address situations such as the safety and security of our children at school is a hopeless cause.

With the words of Mr. Pollock in mind, we the people that love the children that attend the schools in Hall County, Georgia, are asking you at the state and local level to implement better security measures at our schools. These security measures should include, but not be limited to, metal detectors, x-ray machines (the likes of which are at the airport) as well as controlled single point of entry/exit for all people wishing to be on the premises. Security plans also need to be developed for those children that have to leave the main school building to attend classes that are held in trailers not attached to the main school building.

The above is by no means an exhaustive list of ideas on how to make our schools more safe and secure. And we are not requesting or suggesting that our members of state and local government take this on alone. We the people of Hall County want to work with you to find solutions to keep all the students of Hall County safe and return the schools to a place of education rather than fear.

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