Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

January 6, 2013

In Your View

(Continued)

ASHLAND — School children need protection

It was recently reported the parents of a child who survived the Connecticut school shooting are suing the school and/or state for failing to provide a safe environment for their child.

That raises some questions. Are schools responsible for the safety of children while these children are in their care? And, are the schools negligent when children are hurt, harmed or murdered while in their care?

If there is a known threat to children in school, and the school does nothing to protect the children from that threat, and the children are hurt or killed because of that known threat, are the schools liable?

Recent history of school murders in high schools, elementary schools and colleges and universities, including the murders of 20 small children in the Connecticut school, makes it clear there are crazy/psychotic/psychopathic murderers in our society who will murder children if given the opportunity.

Therefore, there is a known threat to our children in schools. Most colleges and universities have police officers on campus. According to recent news reports, some high schools and elementary schools now have police protection in schools. Most high schools and elementary schools have buzzers to buzz people in, and security cameras, but most do not have mature, properly trained police officers at the door.

It’s noted here that the president, Congress and governors have police protection. Should our children have police protection from psychopathic murderers in our schools?

Most people of average intelligence will agree there is a real threat to our children in schools. Are the schools and/or the states liable for not providing proper police protection for our children, when that negligence results in children being murdered?

Lannie Ray, Varney

Immigration has served purpose

It is true we are a nation of immigrants. They built the bridges, highways and railroads and furnished the work force for the mines, mills and factories and the farm fields. They populated the vast open plains and the far mountains.

All this has been done. Immigration has fulfilled its intended purpose. Is it not time to end it?

We have only so much to offer. We only have so many hospital beds, so many classrooms, so many kitchen tables, so many loaves of bread.

It would be nice if we could offer all who come a decent standard of living, but it is a fact you can only pasture so many horses in a 10-acre field.

Earl H. Stewart, Grayson

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