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Amanda: Wonders about preventive measures in case of shooter

'It doesn't matter that we live in a small town, it can in fact happen here.'
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By Amanda (Columbia, Adair County, KY full name on file)
Commentary contains personal opinion of writer

In light of all the recent and past tragedies with school shootings, we as a community are wondering how our school system is protecting our children from this senseless violence.

I understand that schools have limited funds; however, the protection of our students should not be withheld due to a dollar amount.

I feel that there should be more preparedness in place. A drill on what to do when there is an active shooter is a good place to start but how about we try and prevent the person from getting into the building in the first place.

For years many schools around the country have been installing metal detectors and placing guards on campuses and I feel that this is something that we should implement in our schools.

The price of these services is in no regard to the value of the life of a precious child.

The fact is that no one sees these events coming. It doesn't matter that we live in a small town, it can in fact happen here.

These types of events don't come with a warning. As I said before, a drill is a good place to start, but the actual event can happen much faster than what you can prepare for.

We have a warning and maybe even a few moments when there is a tornado, there is time to implement the procedure that protects us from flying debris.

But we can't predict an earthquake, and we definitely cannot predict when, where or how an event such as a shooting will take place.

A lock down strategy is a good line of defense, but is it good enough?

I think that there should be more of a front line defense in place with the lock down procedure. I feel that it could be more effective. What are your thoughts?

- Amanda

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