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Editorial: WV schools should review safety preparations, access issues

From The Herald Dispatch of Huntington:

The recent school shooting in Florida quickly revived and expanded the national debate about access to guns. Student survivors have campaigned for more restricted sales of semi-automatic weapons, and many states are looking at initiatives to help keep guns out of the hands of people with mental problems.

But the incident in Parkland, Florida, also raises issues about access to the schools themselves and how well staff and students are prepared to handle an intruder event. Florida officials are still investigating the movements of the suspected shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. But the former student apparently slipped into the building fairly easily, entered a stairwell and extracted a rifle from his bag and shot into rooms on the first floor and second floor before running from the building. In all, 17 people were killed.

So, in addition to questions about buying guns and arming teachers, there are many questions about how schools can be designed to prevent such quick access and the safety protocols school staffs should have in place. So, it is good to hear that Cabell County Superintendent of Schools Ryan Saxe has created a School District Safety Committee, to look at those issues in schools in the county. …

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