Safety at school proselytized by the parent of Sandy Hook victim
A mass shooting by 20 yrs. Old Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary school on December 14, 2012, was the deadliest mass shooting at either a high school or grade school in U.S history. The shooting prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States, including proposals to make more stringent laws for the same.
Alissa Parker, a mother of Emilie Parker, a victim of the shooting incident, is striving hard to promote safety at school by supporting a series of bills in Olympia, aimed at stopping any such incident before it could happen by identifying troubled kids before they commit anything as such.
Though there haven’t been any more incidents of the school shooting in the nation after that, lawmakers of the state are eager to keep the kids safe at school by providing the help needed by the troubled kids and hence keeping the fear of danger at bay. Sen. Lisa Wellman, D – Mercer Island, says “ Look for what is not right with children or a situation.”
Teachers and staff to be trained to find out troubled students through Regional school safety centers, which would be established as per the bills. Also, the bills urge to increase the safety measures which include access to school guidance counselors, youth suicide prevention training, school resources officers training and stringent orders for parents to take care of their legally possessed safety arms.
The bill contains no rules to arm the teachers with guns though, many teachers are of the opinion of being armed. Sen. Phil Fortunato, R – Auburn says, “ Many teachers come up to me and say that they want to carry arms legally.”
Alissa, who has moved with her family from Newtown, Connecticut, to Washington state, has two more children at school. She says “ I just couldn’t sit and keep quiet. I wanted to help schools know that there are other options and ways to do more effective and better things”.
The forthcoming weeks may see the bills getting floor votes; these bills are already set for hearings.