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December 14 2012 is a day that will never be forgotten Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut was attacked This attack resulted in the death of twenty students and six teachers These teachers died in attempt to save the lives of their students The children were only six and seven years old with so much life ahead of them Their families will grieve each and every day over the loss of a daughter a son a sister a brother nieces nephews friends and neighbors Why did it happen And most importantly how can we stop it from ever happening again Sending your children to school should come with ease Parents should not have to be apprehensive about their childrens safety A safe school means more than just eliminating knifings fights and shootings Violence is also subtle things such as name calling fear of being ridiculed teasing offensive touching racial ethnic cultural or sexual slurs and bullying Bucher and Manning 2005 p56 All of these things factor in to school safety Providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students should be a number one priority to schools everywhereFirst of all In order to keep children safe the school needs to make changes According to the AASA this requires having safety procedures such as lockdowns evacuations and drills AASA Along with this there must be audits to show how effective these procedure really are These audits should include law enforcers first responders and the whole school community If these protocols were practiced more often schools would be prepared for when something like the Sandy Hook shooting occurred Schools need to partner up with law enforcement first responders and parents Schools need to set aside one day a month to follow this drill The more these are demonstrated the more schools will be prepared Practice makes perfect Some people may disagree however I am a firm believer of having police officers in the school When
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