Should Michigan Schools Re-Think Security After Connecticut Shootings?

Tell us what you think Utica Community Schools should consider Friday's tragedy in Connecticut.

In light of the horrific mass shooting Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, parents and educators all over are wondering how to keep children safe.

LCPS Superintendent Jackie Johnston told parents in a letter Friday the district's own security procedures will continue to be practiced and refined for the safety of all L'Anse Creuse students, faculty and staff.

"I would like to assure you that your children's safety is our number one priority," Johnston wrote. "As our number one priority the district upholds rigorous safety procedures that are reviewed regularly. In addition there are multiple safety drills in place for each school that are practiced throughout the school year."

New Haven Community Schools said it will also review security measures for the district. Anchor Bay Schools officials could not be reached Friday for comment on whether they will also reassess security protocols.

In Michigan, the House and Senate passed legislation this week that would a if they get extra training. The bill is awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder's signature, but Snyder told Local 4 Friday he plans to take a week to review the bill given the recent tragedy.

David Hecker, Michigan President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said in a Friday statement, "We’re aghast that this lame duck legislature thinks it’s a good idea to put MORE guns in our schools, let alone places of worship or sports arenas...The House passed SB 59 on Thursday. How dare these lame duck legislators put the safety of students, educators and communities at risk. As our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of today’s tragedy in Connecticut, we call on Governor Snyder to veto this ill-considered bill."

AFT President Randi Weingarten reiterated the sentiment, "We'll never be able to prevent every senseless act of violence, but our children, educators and school employees go to school believing it is a safe sanctuary. We've been through this too many times. Everything we can do, we must do, including a renewed focus on gun control and preventing gun violence."

Tell us in the comments' section below what changes, if any, should be made at your child's school in the aftermath of the Connecticut shootings?

Frustrated Old Man December 16, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Should they "Re-Think Security"? No one really thought it out to begin with, that's the problem! Gov. Snyder needs to stop waiting to access public opinion, and act like a leader and pass the bill allowing law abiding, trained teachers, and parents to carry in schools. Anyone who fights to stop this bill from passing will have it on their conscious forever!
macombresident December 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
My daughter's elementary has some security such as a locked entrance that you need to be buzzed in for, Eisenhower HS has only one woman sitting at the front door with a clipboard (more of a hall monitor than security) and Shelby Jr.High is pretty much wide open to anyone & everyone. I find it extremely interesting however that the Utica Administration building has a metal detector you must pass through & armed security guard at their front door. Nice to know the administrators have their butts protected while leaving the schools unsecured..


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