(I donít really know Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback personally, but we were both K-State students at the same time. Of course he was the student body president and I was just a reporter for the Kansas State Collegian. But I have followed his career so we should be on a first name basis. EMAW, Every Man a Wildcat.)
We have a situation in this state that is not getting the attention it deserves.
Educators preach about how students shouldnít have to fear going to school.
There is a lot of talk about bullying and how to prevent bullying but today bullying has taken a backseat in this situation.
Itís about student/teacher safety!
Who could watch last Sundayís ď60 MinutesĒ on Shady Hook without tearing up?
Like my daughter who is a teacher said, ďIt could happen anywhere.Ē
But I donít see your Kansas Legislature addressing the issue at all. Not one bill addresses safety at schools.
There is a move not to fund Common Core. I guess education is not high on the Kansas priority list.
I take this issue personally because a lot of my friends as well as my wife and daughter are teachers and I have four grandkids of which three are in school: one of them in Kansas.
After covering sports for a few years at this newspaper, I have become proud to know many of the athletes, musicians, cheerleaders and student leaders.
Letís see. There is a move to break the teacherís union by not allowing dues to be deducted from payroll. That should help if a gunman walks into my wifeís classroom.
There is a movement to take away the teacherís retirement.
Yep, that should stop a lunatic wanting to take out some high school students.
There is a movement to make city, school and hospital elections partisan.
If all of our elected officials are conservative Republicans, how dare a shooter attack a Kansas school or city!
The best this state has come up with is to arm the teachers with guns.
You, Sam, obviously donít know my wife.
There have been a lot of solutions bounced around at the national level. Kansas, however, has its head in the sand. But no card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association will agree to ban assault rifles which we all know are very useful in hunting pesky rabbits in the wintertime. As for the 30 magazine clip? That bunny never had a chance, did it? Remember: ďpeople donít kill people with gunsĒ. Well, something like that!
Some suggest more mental evaluations are the solution. After all, didnít we know that Jeffrey Dahmer was crazy? Did Dennis Rader raise any red flags 90 miles down the road a few years ago?
The answer may be to get the TSA involved. Getting into a local school these days shouldnít be as easy as walking through an unlocked door or even shooting oneís way into a school.
But politicians donít want to face the fact that our schools are in danger simply because they donít want to pay for it. But Kansas politicians are just inserting their heads in the sand again.
Maybe they will pay for it ... after a few more shootings.