Are schools safe?
Today’s article headlined "2 Teens Held on Bomb Charge" again raised questions about what school officials are doing to ensure students are safe in the schoolhouse. While no explosives were found at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School yesterday, police said the two girls who were eventually arrested told investigators they had tried without success to set off a homemade bomb about two weeks ago at the Pikesville-area school.
Anxious parents — who rushed to the school after word filtered out through a voicemail message from the principal distributed on the school system’s mass-messaging service — understandably had many questions as they scanned the crowd of evacuated students for their children. They wondered why the girls were allowed back in the school after the previous incident and what school officials were doing to make sure children and staff members are safe at Sudbrook.
Baltimore County school officials have a safety plan that includes specific duties for staff members during emergencies such as yesterday’s incident at Sudbrook.
Do you think school officials are doing enough to keep schools safe? What would you like to see them do differently? Are you worried that schools are becoming less safe? Do you think school officials do a good enough job of communicating with parents, students and the community when incidents like this occur?
In addition to hearing your thoughts today, we invite you to check out Monday’s "Education Q&A," which will take up the issue of school safety.