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Letter to the Editor: A troubling question about school shootings

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A troubling question about school shootings
Has it occurred to anyone to ask; “Why are school shootings and violence occurring exclusively in Public Schools” and “Why is this mostly occurring in the United States”?
Things we need to look at are: the stultifying politically correct curriculum, an absence of proper role models, failure to maintain a classical curriculum, a growing decline in parental involvement (probably the biggest road to failure), and teachers and staff with an unclear mission who have minimal authority to keep order and discipline. Do I dare mention union interference in school policy? No, I guess not.
Access to firearms exists in other countries as well. Yet, why is it that our public-school students obtain and misuse these, and other weapons? The expectations and measures of discipline and structure are markedly different in charter and private schools. There is usually more parental involvement as well. Would any of the behavior we see in our public schools be tolerated the schools of most other nations, let alone charter and private schools.
Presently the only immediate answer is increased security. This may mean armed guards, teachers with firearms, and greater security for access to schools. The causative problems go much deeper. So, isn’t it time we confronted the real elephant(s) in the room?
William F Hineser,
Arvada

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