San Ramon Valley Unified responds to Connecticut school shooting State, National, International, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Dec 17, 2012 at 6:57 am
Twenty-six people were killed Friday when a gunman clad in black military gear opened fire inside a Newtown, Conn. elementary school. "It's a reminder of how important it is for us to remain vigilant as adults on campus," said a San Ramon Valley Unified official.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 14, 2012, 11:49 AM
Posted by Danville Mom, a member of the Monte Vista High School community, on Dec 17, 2012 at 6:57 am
As it's on everyone's mind: "God Bless the families of those lost in CT and all those around them".
To Danville Express: whereas I do read your content each day, I must remark of the misinformation that is sometimes given. In this story you incorrectly state that the shooter was from New Jersey. This is not true. The shooter lived with his mother in CT. The shooter's brother is who lives in NJ and apparently had nothing to do with this horrible tragedy.
Posted by Betty, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2012 at 8:54 am
As a substitute teacher who is in many schools in the district I would caution the district from over stating the protection they offer to the children and staff. There is not a campus in the district where the public can not just walk on the campus and enter buildings without being challenged. The high schools don't even pretend to secure their campuses, as students and adults freely walk on and off campuses. The same is true for the elementary schools where volunteers and other parents (and strangers?) often walk right to various classrooms.
While nothing can stop a mentally ill person from doing some harm, our schools could do much more to secure campuses. Perhaps this should be the first thing they do with the bond money which was just approved?
Posted by Christa, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2012 at 9:11 am
At least San Ramon has professional staff in place. In 1999 after the Columbine tragedy, a principal, now retired in Redwood City, announced he would want a shooter to take out a teacher who was keeping track of his numerous intercom interruptions! He was a golden boy the mucky mucks loved. Typical of that district.
Posted by spcwt, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 18, 2012 at 8:54 am
SRVSD does lockdown drills???
I hope SRVSD is not scarring our kids needlessly. If you must do drills, please keep it light. Kids donít need to be stressed out thinking about this.
These Sandy Hook kids will be scarred for life. But glad to see some steps taken to try and minimize the impact. For example, the police told the survivors to keep their eyes shut as they exited. Thatís smart.
I did not tell my kids about this tragedy. Childhood is too short as it is.
Posted by Renee`, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 18, 2012 at 10:12 am
SPCWT - I am not sure what age your children are...if they are school age you do need to have a simple conversation about any issues that are this large!! What happens is that other children will fill them in with their own details! Trust me anything important needs to be discussed...alcohol, drugs (including prescription), party's, sex, relationships, making the right choices and current events! I cannot tell you how many children love to spoil Santa, and guess where they learned about him not existing, recess...usually from a child with an older sibling. Even when my son was in middle school, the last thing we would say is "Make good choices, Love You". From being open with current events and as a family talking about life and everything connected, we have a child who did make good choices all through school and has carried that on to adulthood!
Posted by Aubrey, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Dec 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm
This was a senseless tragedy, but since the shooter had to commit murder to aquire the weapons, would more gun laws have kept this from happening?
We always talk about supporting first responders and the fact that they need the appropriate tools to safely do their job and protect the public. Has it ever occurred to anyone that the police are always the second responders, and in this case the first responders were the school faculty? So how could the first responders have affected the outcome?
I submit that those faculty members that are qualified, and be willing, be allowed to carry a concealled weapon while at school (or at the very least have a firearm locked but accessable in their classroom).
These shooters are obviously mentally ill, but not stupid. They choose gun free zones to avoid opposition and when finally confronted with opposition they kill themselves.
Gun laws only affect law-abiding citizens, so gun bans like in Chicago lead to higher murder rates. We shouldn't pass more laws that further restrict the "true" first responders...
Posted by Sylence Dugood, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Your heart is surely in the right place and I have no doubt as to your genuine empathy for those who were taken much too soon (adults and children) from their loved ones.
However, if you took one moment and thought about arming a single staff member or a select group of individuals, consider the broader context and ultimately the gross naivety of your suggestion. If you believe the qualification process to hold and conceal a weapon with the assignment to protect non-family members, the general public and property is simple, you are surely misled. The world is not perfect but police officers and the military alike continually assess each other's mental and physical fitness to carry out their duties. When that process breaks down, we end up with Sergeant Bales presumptively loosing his mind and going on a killing rampage (Web Link). On the other extreme, one could end up with an educator feeling threatened by students only to pull their weapon with deadly consequences akin to a Bernard Geotz 1984 subway shooting incident.
More so, can you imaging crossfire occurring in a crowded hallway under chaotic situations? If you recall, just recently (August 25) in NYC, two NYPD officers responded to the shooting in or near the Empire State Building. A disgruntled former employee had just shot and killed his former boss. What ensued on the street was an old fashioned gun battle. One officer fired 9 rounds, then other 7. The suspect was killed on the street. However, nine (9) bystanders were struck and thankfully just wounded by only the rounds fired by the responding police officers. Truly a sad outcome to eliminate the public threat. However unfortunate, the City and their elected officials are charged with ensuring and maintaining the appropriateness of each and every officer going forth to do their duty. Can you envision our already challenged school district and board taking on this incredible accountability? Can you even begin to grasp the ubiquitous degree of liability that the school district and it's shareholders (i.e. taxpayers) would have to accept for it's armed employees?
There is a pervasive opinion that in the heat of battle, everyone who has every handled a firearm, hunted and/or target shot instantly becomes a qualified marksman and warrior. I am not one who shares that opinion.
Unless we are expecting to see all of our primary through secondary educators replaced by active duty military commandos (akin to the burly flight attendants who were on all the airlines just after 9/11) who can also teach english literature as well biology, you and I do not want additional guns brought into our children's place of higher learning.
Posted by Bayareamom, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Dec 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm
"There is a pervasive opinion that in the heat of battle, everyone who has every handled a firearm, hunted and/or target shot instantly becomes a qualified marksman and warrior. I am not one who shares that opinion.
Unless we are expecting to see all of our primary through secondary educators replaced by active duty military commandos (akin to the burly flight attendants who were on all the airlines just after 9/11) who can also teach english literature as well biology, you and I do not want additional guns brought into our children's place of higher learning."
I agree. Police officers and others of whom use these type weapons for a living are taught how to handle these guns during the most trying of circumstances (psy ops training). But it's quite another issue when speaking about the average citizen having a weapon at his/her disposal. It's one thing to go out and target shoot, but quite another issue when you may find yourself in a situation when the adrenalin is pumping and this time, it's not just target practice.
It is not unusual for police officers to miss their aim when involved in real life drama.
I, too, feel Aubrey's heart is in the right place, but arming our staff members is, I feel, a misplaced concept.