From Ron Dunphy
Recently retired, I spend more time reading, especially reading opinion about students and safety. Today I read an article written by a retired military man, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling. Readers may access the article at www.cnn.com/2018/02/21/opinions/military-divided-on-guns-hertling-opinion/index.html.
Drawing on what Hertling has said, I found much to agree with concerning safety from gun violence for students (and the general public).
Soldiers enter a battlefield with much expectation of violence, “... experiences brought an awareness of the horrors inflicted on the human body by military-grade weapons. These weapons are designed to kill with effectiveness, destroy flesh and internal organs with high velocity rounds ...”
For students at Parkland, other students in school buildings across America and myself, should we collectively now understand we are on a “battlefield?” Seems so. What places are left where society can expect safety? The schoolhouse? Apparently not.
I commend our school board and administrative leadership that recently made Creston Community District students safer by restricting visitors to our education centers to those folks who must be given permission first.