Finally, a common sense idea on how to help protect schools from shootings

Teachers carrying ‘panic buttons’ in Ohio school:

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In my opinion St. Albert the Great Elementary School in North Royalton, Ohio, is doing the smartest thing in 15 years to help prevent school shootings and it doesn’t involve arming teachers.

Teachers at the school now have panic buttons they can use in case of an emergency like an armed intruder on the school grounds. The device contacts not only the police but also school administrators and school security. It has a two button system to help try to prevent accidental notifications.

Why don’t all schools have something like this? How is this any different from having fire alarms in schools? Granted, there is a risk of abuse with these panic buttons but I really only foresee that as a one time case in any given school considering it will probably draw a SWAT team to the school.

This is a much better idea than arming teachers. The only teacher I would trust with a gun is if they were former military or law enforcement with specialized weapons training and even then I’d have reservations about a gun being that close to students. The panic button idea seems to provide a better sense of security and less of a chance of friendly fire.

Let’s hear it for common sense for once.

  • http://ronnisrants.blogspot.com ronni

    Hear, hear!

  • Soobs

    Great idea!

  • edrebber

    How is this panic button significantly more effective than dialing 911? One or two buttons for the panic button versus 3 buttons to dial 911. Most mass shootings happen at places where it’s illegal to carry a gun. I think the mass murderers are looking for places where people can’t shoot back.

  • DMaria Faraj

    My brothers made their first communions at that church. It’s a really good school.