• By Don J. Fessenden

    In the past, educators looked at school threats with a different perspective than they do today.  Unfortunately we have all witnessed school shootings in quite communities creating the domestic terror vivid in our memories, usually being carried out by teenagers.  Most of which have been diagnosed with some type of mental illness.  However in recent months we’re seeing a rise in the number of schools closing and sending student’s home because of threats called into the school or district.


    These incidences are reported spawning other copy-cat type of threats.  All becoming more disruptive than the last.  So what are school districts and administrators to do in the face of these elevated threat occurrences?  When should they decide to close a school based on a creditable threat?  What’s a creditable threat?  Who decides and who should make that call, the school principal or the school district?  All questions needing answered.       


    As educators our primary objective is to keep our students safe while providing the highest level of education possible in an environment free from threat of personal harm.  This is a responsibility that all educators take very seriously.  However is becoming more and more difficult.  We understand the challenges of money, disruption, and mass fear that face our district and building leadership.  Our district leadership and communities need to provide more money for real mass casualty exercises, as well as allow the disruption in a school day to run an exercise scenario that would help better prepare us for the unthinkable. 


    And before the unthinkable occurs our legislators need to write tougher terror laws and after the unthinkable our prosecutors must prosecute every offender and our judges need to hand down sentences that will ensure these types of crimes are no longer committed.  We will never be able to stop those who don’t value on life from committing terror crimes but we can stop the number of copy-cat perpetrators.    


    The best way of dealing with terror threats is to ensure they never occur. This will only occur with tougher terror laws and elevated public awareness of the punishments these offenders receive for carrying-out any type of mass terror crimes.        


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