I must admit that when I saw the article “Rethinking School Security’’ by Faigy Grunfeld (Prime, September 18) I was skeptical. As an elementary school teacher, I have dealt with problems such as severe learning disabilities, mental, behavioral and emotional issues, dysfunctional homes and bullying. Preventing shootings was never high on my list of priorities when it came to devotion to my students. “There we go again, people with no experience in education, wasting their time on protecting students from the least-likely danger,’’ was my first thought.
But after reading the article, my perspective has definitely changed. Dr. Klinger clarified that the fancy security gadgets will not be the tools to secure us. Rather, the attitude and training of the faculty and students is what can prevent and control an attack. I think that these concepts are important for students, not only to prevent shootings, but also for safety at home, on the street, or when interacting with strangers.
When my students had to practice “shooting drills,’’ it gave them a sense of responsibility and maturity that can be used whenever they may need to protect themselves physically or emotionally. Of course, technological security devices should be used, but it is harder to outsmart a prepared student body than a fancy camera.
I strongly agree with Rabbi Yanky Meyer from Misaskim. He said that students being trained to alert authorities — and how to properly handle any issue — is the best security for anything. That applies to shootings, bullying, and emotional problems.
Thank you for calling attention to this issue, and may we never know of such things!