High school safety is paramount for societal civility.
The violent trend in public schools, such as Bullard High, needs be met with swift, decisive and appropriate consequences.
We need strong social and psychological barriers regarding unprecedented assaults on instructors, authority figures and student not wanting to fight.
Violent students need to be sent to specific schools with heightened security protocols and presence, pending psychological evaluation and clearance.
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Without such boundaries our students, schools and society suffers.
If students get away with assaulting instructors with only minor consequences societal civility has broken down. Students can no longer be assured of their safety.
Violence begets violence. Research shows us children who witness violence develop aggression, conduct and psychological problems. Children naturally adapt to survive and thrive. So increasing exposure to violence results in the need to learn, cope with and accept aggression.
When instructors feel secure so do students. Instructors, like prison employees, can be given alarm belts to immediately alert security of the location and need of assistance.
Simply allowing violence to gain the upper hand in schools has immeasurable consequences. As parents, teachers, and a responsible community, we need to no longer stand for it.
Ken Sharp, Fresno