Every generation has certain markers or events that are influential to way the a group of people think and view the world. For me, a significant event was the Columbine school shooting. I remember growing up in school practicing active shooter drills, hiding under my desk or the coatroom until our teacher gave us the all clear that the drill was over. I watched as these incidents shifted from being a freak occurrence to something that is normalized as an experience in American culture.
Through my background in Urban Sociology, one of the major perspectives I studied through my experiences is unpacking how policies impact the social, economic, and political structures of people living together. As another school shooting incident makes it waves throughout our country, people locally are asking about what to do in our community here and now. Below are some of the thoughts I have on a variety of issues surrounding this topic.
In conclusion, this is just a brief analysis of some of the issues facing our county hoping to spark possible solutions to both the nationwide epidemic in our community but also locally. We have issues in our community that need to have public discussion and that is a major reason I chose to run for local office was to bring these issues to the spotlight.
In the end, if we want safety in our schools, local communities are going to have to fund and develop their own solutions. The above ideas come at a price, but if we are serious the safety of our children in our communities, we have to talk about this and be solution focused.