I watched with sadness the news of the senseless killing of young children and staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
As a recent retired educator from the local area I know that school violence has been a serious concern for a number of years in our local schools. Many steps have been taken to reduce the possibility of such a horrific act from happening in any of our local schools.
Even though important safety steps have been taken an event similar to Sandy Hook could happen here. What I do know is that the staff members in our local schools would act as heroically as did the staff at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Knowing the professionalism of the local school personnel it is without a doubt that they would put their own lives at risk to protect their students as if they were their own children. We should be proud and take some measure of comfort when sending our children to school each day knowing that the adults put student safety first.
It is unfortunate to think that we have to be concerned about violence at school, but it is also reassuring to know that our local school personnel are trained and would go beyond the call of duty to protect our precious children.