It’s virtually impossible to consider every way someone, bent on harm, could inflict damage on other human beings, but we’re glad to know Johnston County schools have decided to rely on more than just a plan in a notebook sitting on a shelf somewhere.
The recent shootings in Newtown, Conn. have parents of school-age children everywhere wondering just how safe their own child’s school is.
Johnston County officials have taken steps to account for as many possibilities as they can conjure up, not only in terms of human aggression, but from accidental problems like train derailments that might take place near a school.
Last summer, school and emergency leaders got together to go over those plans and exercise them to make sure they were familiar with the steps that would need to be taken in such cases.
No one, from the school board chairman to the youngest student wants anything bad to happen at our schools.
But in a society where gun possession is a constitutional right and mental health needs are too often pushed to the back of the line, we run a risk that something bad could happen.
School leaders don’t live in a vacuum. They’ve seen what happened in other places around the country and they’ve acted to prevent those kinds of problems before they arise. It requires a constant vigilance on the part of everyone associated with a school to ensure that potential problems are stopped before they escalate to the point of harm.
There are no guarantees, of course, but Johnston County officials seem to have considered the potential for harm here and acted to curb its affect on our children to the best of their abilities.
Continued training and refresher courses – though they take time away from planning and curriculum development and other things we normally associate with our schools – should always be part of the routine for students, teachers and administrators..
As for the next weird way someone will attempt harm, we simply must cross our fingers, hope it does not happen here and trust that, if it does, we are prepared to react quickly and efficiently..