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Local schools take safety precautions
By Barbara Wood
Special to the Almanac
Local schools reacted quickly to reassure parents they are taking precautions to prevent a tragedy like the one that happened at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14.
The shootings, said Portola Valley School District Superintendent Carol Piraino in a message to parents, remind people "of the critical importance of being prepared for the unthinkable. Part of our ongoing disaster preparedness includes reviewing classroom lock down procedures and conducting practice drills with our students."
Beth Polito, superintendent of the Woodside Elementary School District, sent a similar message "to alert the community to the steps we are taking to make sure our students and staff are safe."
In addition to a Monday staff meeting to review "dangerous intruder protocol," Dr. Politio said the school already has rules in place for students to travel outside the classroom in pairs and all K-2 students be escorted to and from classes.
She asked parents to "sign in at the office if you need to be on campus for any reason. If you notice anyone suspicious on or near the campus, alert school staff immediately. ... Discuss stranger danger with your child. Remind them to be cautious of adults they do not know and to enlist the support of a trusted adult whenever they feel unsure about a situation or person."
In the Menlo Park City School District, Superintendent Maurice Ghysel told parents "we have ongoing training and drills regarding the safety of our students, and this incident will further heighten our attention and measures of prevention."
"We will continue to work very closely with our police to maintain, update and practice lock down procedures when dealing with a possible armed intruder. Our police will continue to have a strong presence in and around our local schools and understand the concerns," Dr. Ghysel wrote.
"What happened in Connecticut greatly saddens all of us, and we remain vigilant in protecting our students, staff, and community," he concluded.
■ Talking to children about tragic events.
Posted by willy,
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 21, 2012 at 10:28 am
willy is a registered user.
Menlo Voter said: "So they felt the citizens should be as well armed as the military. The military then carried muskets. The military now carries fully automatic assault rifles. We are allowed to own something that's close to what the military carries."
While I may disagree with the last part of that, the current Supreme Court *definitely* disagrees with that statement ("We are allowed to own something that's close...") No, sir. Not true. I can't have something close, whether a tank, RPG or a nuke. And I shouldn't have assault weaponry.
SCOTUS (Scalia's majority opinion, Heller): "We also recognize another important limitation on the right to keep and carry arms. Miller said, as we have explained, that the sorts of weapons protected were those "in common use at the time." We think that limitation is fairly supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of "dangerous and unusual weapons.""
So there ya go, if we'll ignore SCOTUS and go with Menlo Voter's interpretation, that means if I'm to have a militia with equal access to weapons, I'll start with sufficient defensive weaponry to repel bombers and tanks: TOW missiles, surface-to-air missiles and machine guns, to start. Then go shopping at Littlefield's for some old hardware...
Yippee. What could possibly go wrong with sufficient self defense armaments? As Country Joe said: "Open up the pearly gates, Well there ain't no time to wonder why... Whoopee! we're all gonna die." Web Link
Or we can once again constitutionally outlaw assault weaponry.
Not a difficult choice. Outlaw high cap mags/clips, assault rifles. Mandate waiting periods and background checks for all purchases.
- Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
- Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
- Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
- Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
- Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
- Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
- Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
- Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
- Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
- Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
- James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
- Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
- Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
- Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
- Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
- Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
- Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
- Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
- Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
- Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female
Doesn't 2005 seem like just yesterday? For the above victims, that was the entirety of their full life. For their families, the pain will last through their lifetime.
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- Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female
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There were two others that died that day, of course.
Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, 80 more Americans have died by gunshot.
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