We need to do much more than "fortify" the schools. Yes, there has to be increased protection on the outside, but the entire culture and mind set and the way we teach our children much be changed.
Kids need to be taught it's not OK to bully -- not just with random assemblies -- but actually taught that the mean and hurtful things they do and say have consequences.
Kids need to be taught to treat each other with dignity and respect. There is too much "looking the other way" and making excuses like "I can't do more."
We need creative solutions to change the ways in which our kids interact with each other, with us, and with society as a whole. It's all of our responsibility -- teachers, parents, administrators. It's time to make meaningful changes.
Dionna Richardson, Brimfield