In this week’s edition of What The Community Has To Say, Dr. David Smith talks about the issues facing our students and how as a nation, and community, we would do well to listen to what students have to say on safety at schools and in our community. This segment aired on Monday, March 5th.
Where do we begin? Keeping our kids safe, not only at school, but also in our neighborhoods, is a daunting task for our entire community. The current feelings of anxiety and fear didn’t just develop overnight. These feelings crept slowly into our nation after each heartbreaking and senseless act of violence. Following each tragedy, communities responded, but not in ways that prevented that heartbreak from finding a new home. Stopping violence should not be politicized and reduced to that of a liberal or conservative issue. This is an issue of character…our nation’s character. We must find solutions that are worthy of serious deliberation. Our students deserve solutions that have a chance of actually working. We all know they deserve nothing less. We can learn a lot from these students, if we hear what they are trying to say. Frankly, no student asked to have a voice in this issue, but these events have been thrust upon them, and we would do well to listen to their thoughts and opinions. We have had numerous conversations, reviewed research, and will continue to evaluate all options to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students. I hope and pray we will emerge from this as a stronger community that demonstrates its care of our children.
I’m David Smith, blessed to serve as superintendent of the EVSC.