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    We need to take a closer look at our schools to ensure they are as safe as possible. Sadly, the tragedies in Uvalde, Texas and New York are reminders that schools are vulnerable targets for those who wish to do harm. In the light of these recent events involving violent, mentally ill, and evil persons committing bloody attacks in schools in the United States, we find ourselves asking the question, "How safe are our schools in Beaufort County NC?" We must be proactive to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff at the Beaufort County Schools.

    Personally, I would like to see at least two armed security personnel assigned to each of our schools for an added layer of protection and prevention. The first question that will come up is how this measure will be paid for. Interestingly enough, we see billboards advertising Beaufort County Schools scattered about the roadways. Are these necessary? Recently, monies were spent on a school curriculum that was discarded after a short life span. This adds up to lots of dollars that could be used to better secure our schools. Also, policy makers and government officials need to allocate funding for safety measures.

    At a recent school board meeting, the issue of safety was discussed. Supposedly someone has looked at certain locations and determined a need for fencing and cameras which were installed. And that was the extent of the Board's discussion on safety. Well it's good to know they addressed it but that seems to hit the tip of the iceberg.

    What about safety protocols in our schools? Are there intercom systems at all main front entrances as a single point of entry? Are people being directed to the front entrance versus being allowed to gain entry through an unlocked door? Are all doors locked throughout the day? Are there door barricades in all class rooms to prevent intruders from entering? What is Allied Security's role and how are they prepared?

    There are lots of questions that need to be answered. One thing is for certain. We cannot afford to gloss over any safety measures or be complacent and think "that can't happen here". It's critical that we take every step possible to ensure our schools are safe spaces for children, teachers, and staff.
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( June 22nd, 2022 @ 9:22 pm )
It's unfortunate that every time we have one of these tragic events, perpetuated by some troubled soul, it always becomes a gun debate fueled with political agendas by our politicians and corporate media. I'm old enough to remember when school parking lots might have trucks with gun racks containing the appropriate tool for hunting season. Why were things different, then?

Things were different then because society was different then. When I was young, our public schools began the day with a devotional service with prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Golden Rule. As I remember, many times the service concluded with a Tennessee Ernie Ford rendition of 'How Great thou Art.' In those days most of my peers either grew up in Sunday Schools and Church or had at least some knowledge of those things. That's not nearly as true today. What we are experiencing now are the results of our societal breakdown. These problems are way bigger than any gun debate agendas. As a society we are rarely addressing the core problems at all. I find that troubling.

In the meantime, we at the local level have to deal with a very different world: a much more dangerous world. In this new and broken society, we must think more in terms of physical security at our schools. For me there is no higher priority than the safety of our children.

Their safety is paramount and the protection of their hearts and minds is just as important.
( June 21st, 2022 @ 1:55 pm )
Great analysis. Our Board and Administration has allowed funding to be wasted by adding more Admin employees. These funds should have been used for school safety. Nothing is more important than the safety of our children. We should have school resource officers, school nurses, and mental health professionals available to deal with such emergencies, and funds should be avail for these positions in addition to needed security features at the doorways.
( June 20th, 2022 @ 6:39 pm )
Absolutely, our students need to be safe at all times! I have been attending all of my school’s board meetings and was extremely disappointed when the held an undisclosed meeting, where they nixed the idea of adding an SRO (as discussed at previous Board meeting) and chose to add 8 new, non-teaching / managerial positions to our school instead (which was obviously discussed during that “secret” meeting). This was Washington Montessori Public Charter School in Beaufort County, NC. I did let them know that I would hold them responsible, if my child wasn’t protected.
( June 18th, 2022 @ 5:09 pm )
Good article, Donald, and let me congratulate you on defeating RINO Butch Oliver in the GOP primary. You are what we need on the school board.

Oliver was not one of those ideological RINOs like Mitch McConnell or Phil Berger or Frankie Waters. Oliver was a weak link for voters, someone who was little more than a yes-man for our liberal superintendent. He rarely spoke up, and the few times he did it was to push the superintendent's agenda. Having no backbone can make one as much of a RINO as actively pumping for the other side's agenda.

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