It was interesting to see the columns by Robert Levy and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson side by side: two distinct commentaries revolving around the same issue.
Hudson touts his great accomplishments about keeping our schools safe, but the representative seems to be missing the point. Everything he is doing is needed, but he is missing the point of helping those with mental illness, he is missing the point of getting to the students way before they look to try to get a gun.
Levy talks about needing to change the script on how we as
a community look at tragedy. He’s right. There is a disparity. Levy doesn’t provide a solution or
an idea of how to change this inequality.
To both issues that are side by side: The place to make the change is in the public schools. Fully funding our public schools and increasing the mental health staff is where we can make a large impact. This is the place where the inequality can be addressed and where the community can decide to keep our children safe.
I urge every concerned citizen to write to their state and federal representatives and ask them to fund school psychologists, social workers, counselors and SROs. I urge every concerned citizen to volunteer in the schools by taking on lunch duty so the teachers can have a break and allow them to be their best selves to support our children. I urge every concerned citizen to support public education and fully fund our schools.
Clare Fullerton, Whispering Pines