In Fairfax, we have extremely safe schools. But the thing to reflect on is that the security precautions Newtown took are similar to ours, including locked doors and call boxes. What none of us could ever be prepared for is someone shooting out our front windows to get around those safeguards.
Sure, we could install cost-prohibitive bullet-proof glass or go back to the days of windows with grills.
But we could also immediately take steps to do the small things: We can continue working to ensure that all of our schools and trailers are fully secured and that we install doors on as many rooms as possible in the schools that don’t have them.
We can’t necessarily rely on our schools to raise the money for those improvements—this Board needs to take leadership and allocate those funds, while explaining to our Board of Supervisors that they, too, must not balk at funding such basic infrastructure needs.
Unfortunately, while we will continue working to make productive improvements at the local level, we have to deal with a Governor and Attorney General who believe that recent events call for arming our teachers and administrators with firearms. I think I speak for many community members in saying that the last thing we need in Fairfax County are 22,000 more guns with which to arm our school employees. It would behoove you, Mr. Governor, to let our teachers teach. After all the responsibilities we’ve asked them to take on over the past few years, how dare you ask them to police our schools, as well.
Those who work to improve the lives of students, as we aspire to do on the school board, know that these are not issues to take lightly. This week and forever, we stand with Sandy Hook Elementary. Let theirs be a memory that inspires us to become a better country, with schools that continue to strengthen the resolve of our future generations to continue fighting the ills in our society.