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Finding a balance will be challenge for school security task force

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: December 27, 2012

As we noted last week, no idea should be off the table, including the proposal to allow educators with proper training to carry a gun. That suggestion has drawn both sharp criticism and support. All ideas deserve thoughtful and respectful consideration.

The task force members will bring to the table a variety of perspectives. We ask them — and the lawmakers who will ultimately decide whether to make statewide policy changes — not to forget the perspective of a 6-year-old. School is a place where children learn and then practice balance. They learn that there's a time and place for reckless abandon and a time to focus on schoolwork or other pursuits.

For many children, school is the safest place they know. It needs to remain so but preferably not in a manner that leaves them fearful and with an ever-present reminder that the bad guys might be waiting.

Finding that balance won't be easy. No measure is foolproof. And for all their energy and innocence, many 6-year-olds are also mighty perceptive and sensitive. By all means, let's keep them safe. And in doing so, we must remember not to shatter their childlike sense of safety.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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