As I watch the horrific details of this shooting I am just in shock. Even though it seems this scene has played out several times before, this one is hitting home more for me perhaps because I have 2 young children at Hance. This community sounds similar to ours, upper middle class neighborhood, not inner-city. The school is apparently locked and you have to be buzzed in to enter, just like Hance. This could have been here and we could be dealing with the grief those parents are suffering with now.
Am I overreacting here, probably, but I can't be the only one feeling this right now. There is some evil that can't be predicted or stopped sometimes, I realize that. It seems to me though that this could have been prevented. If there was an armed officer who checked in any visitor and searched them when they entered the school, would this nutjob have even tried this? Nobody knows, but I would think it would have played out differently.
Would this cost money? Yes, but if we are gonna have several million dollar budgets for our schools, is it time that we just suck it up and say we are gonna have to do this to protect our kids? It saddens me to think about it. I don't know if it would work, is possible, or if it would even be supported by the parents. I just can't help but think we have to do something other than hope the odds are in our favor that this will never happen here. Am I crazy?