How lucky can you be?
To the editor:
I read, as many of you have, that there was a “gunman” identified walking the halls in ConVal High School recently. It was our good fortune that the “gunman” was only a student anticipating a harmless recreational use of his weapon.
The gun did not have several rounds. The gun was ready to injure one or more students, or teachers, if the gunman had chosen.
No alarms went off, no sirens whined, no bells rang out. It seems it was a very quiet invasion of classroom spaces by a gun-toting student. No locks were broken, no windows crashed. It was just a typical quiet day at ConVal.
Many have voted (3,000) that we don’t need an SRO (school resource office). Could be they haven’t change their faith. But we now know it is possible for a deranged man to gain access to the school grounds, the parking lot, the halls and classrooms, undetected.
The next time we may not be so lucky. Next time the gunman may have murder on their mind to create headlines and terrorize the students, teachers and paraprofessional on the site.
Many would-be assailants now know we are easy pickings for a second try. We know the would-be assailant got into school grounds, the parking lot, the halls and classrooms undetected. We needed that news like we needed a whole in the head.
I hope we wake up before a real live gun-toting sick many tries to pull another Newtown on ConVal. I think we are pushing our luck.