The truth is, nobody likes to think about it. But it is high time we all thought about it, because the alternative is unthinkable.
Across the United States, conversations between school administrators, faculty members, parents and community leaders are taking place, all related to the safety of students in their schools. In the Pell City, St. Clair County and Leeds city school systems, the conversations are no different.
“These are terrible things to have to think about,” Leeds Police Chief Byron Jackson told teachers at Leeds Elementary School Monday. “But if we don’t think about them, we could have something much worse on our hands.”
Jackson’s words to the teachers Monday were very blunt, and similar conversations in other local schools are similarly charged. Teachers and school administrators, already saddled with the responsibility of helping raise a generation, must now come face to face with the possibility that their youngsters might be in mortal danger during the course of a normal day. It is a horrifying prospect.
And yet it is one we all must face. Every parent needs the assurance that the local school and school system is doing everything in its power to keep the students safe. No environment is completely safe, but we all must do all we can.
It is the least we should expect of ourselves and our schools.