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Gary Horton | Do What Is Effective to Protect Students

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27.11.2019

It’s been a couple of weeks now. The shock is still there, but is fading with time, as expected. The appropriate silent respectful phase is phasing out — and soon we’ll be inundated with requests and demands for “Just how the hell are we going to protect our kids when we drop them off for school.”

We must reject extremism.

There’s going to be a great temptation to over-react. Action will be demanded. Security must be enforced. No protection, prevention, intervention will be deemed too intrusive, too expensive, too… demeaning to spirit.

Safety will be deemed necessary to be imposed — no matter what financial or spiritual/educational cost.

Such will be the overriding temptation when the dust settles from the shooting. The move toward overpowering security will be driven by school boards and principles working to avoid legal liability. And lawsuit-driven policy doesn’t always provide happy outcomes.

“CYA” reaction isn’t synonymous with good student growth and enrichment.

Yet, what just happened is very real. Three students dead, others injured. Thousands traumatized. This can’t be minimized. And, liability for the incident will try to be assigned…

Analysis is appropriate. Corrective........

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