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SCHOOLS: Parents must control children’s access to guns

Letter by Pat Cleghorn, Gig Harbor on Nov. 21, 2013 at 9:18 am | No Comments »
November 21, 2013 10:05 am

Re: “How about parents’ responsibility?” (letter, 11-21).

Although as a parent I know how hard it is to raise kids and sometimes things go wrong despite your best efforts, I agree wholeheartedly with the writer that parents need to take responsibility for their children’s conduct in the classroom.

Our teachers and staff deserve a safe work environment. Other kids – yes, my kids – deserve a safe learning environment. And that goes double for access to firearms. If parents must have guns in the home, they must go above and beyond to ensure that children do not have access to them.

Parents also must be responsible for all the consequences that follow if kids do gain access. No excuses.

We can spend limited public funds turning our schools into maximum-security prisons and turning our teachers into gun-toting sheriffs to try to protect our students and staff, but that won’t make any difference at all if kids can come onto school grounds with a gun from home. That happens all too often now, doesn’t it? And teachers and kids die at the hands of kids with guns from home.

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