Bulletproof backpacks for students. Bulletproof vests for teachers. Arming teachers. Teaching children to attack armed intruders.
These were among the many ideas bantered around in the news, online, and elsewhere across America in the days following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
The Today Show (NBC) flew me to Connecticut for a live interview with Erica Hill across the street from the fire station where kids fled to safety after the shooting occurred at their school. I stayed in town to provide analysis and commentary for CNN, Fox News Channel, and others. I will never forget the looks on the faces of the residents I watched walking through town as I navigated around the area that weekend.
After some careful thought, I pulled together a few initial key points in a brief three minute-plus video to put some context on school safety issues following Sandy Hook.
To date, many ideas put forth have included those that are politically-loaded from special interest advocates, opportunistic by product vendors, and just plain off the wall. I pray that we will be able to have rational conversations and see useful responses from our elected officials in the forthcoming weeks.
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