Question #32: How can we prevent school shootings?
I agree that we need to address the many complexities associated with school shootings. Starting with prevention.
I want to start with a personal story. My youngest brother Brock was present during the 2001 Santana School Shooting. So, yes this is near to my heart. I too graduated from Santana High School. I understand how heartbreaking this is. I understand how much this means, how much this hurts.
Charles Andrew "Andy" Williams, Jr. is a convicted murderer who, as a 15-year-old, perpetrated the shooting at Santana High School on March 5, 2001. In the shooting, two students were killed and 13 others were wounded. Williams is currently serving life in prison with the possibility of parole after 50 years.
As discussed in a previous question. We need to implement student mental health care. I believe that having mental health professionals in school would be beneficial. Our children deserve the best we have to offer. Children need a safe place to express and share any problems and issues they may be facing. Having a healthcare professional in the school would be vital at spotting troubled children and helping our all our youth.
Secondly, we need to discuss and talk about the elephant in the room. We have more children on psychiatric drugs than ever before - 7,213,599 kids on psychiatric drugs - this is obviously an indicator to a big problem. Having someone available for children to speak to prior to a situation getting out of control is a proactive solution to this problem; a solution I strongly support.
We need to follow up the communities. We need public feedback. We need to work with the victims of these horrible acts of violence. We need to hear from the families. We need to hear their solutions.
Yes, we need to also talk about - really talk about gun control, especially in our schools. Is it working? Do we want this?
We need to talk about metal detectors, checking backpacks, arming teachers, policing our schools. These are all important issues to talk about regarding school teachers.
When in Congress I want to be someone that stands with our teachers and our schools and that means protecting our youth and standing with them regarding difficult decisions. This means standing by bills that support our teachers, students, and educational staff.
Adela Wisdom for US Congress - Running for US Representative in the 3rd District of Missouri. District 3 covers northern Jefferson County and extends north and west past the St. Louis area, covering much of east-central Missouri. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren. I am eager to serve you and all the families in our district.
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