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The Real Solution to School Safety

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The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., last month really hit home for our family. My 15-year-old stepdaughter and her mother live in Danbury, Conn.; my husband and I anxiously awaited more information when the news broke, and (I am ashamed to say) we breathed a sigh of relief when we learned that it was not a high school, that our child was safe.

It did not take long to realize that what happened there could just as easily happen here. We have two children in school here in Redmond. Our daughter is 6 years old and in first grade, just like many of the children killed in the massacre.

I cried many times in the days following Dec. 14, imagining how I would feel if my daughter had been among those killed; wondering "What if it happened here? Are my children safe at school?"

Like most other parents, I swallowed hard and took a leap of faith, sending my children to school, trusting the schools to keep them safe, all the while knowing that our schools are NOT as safe as they could or should be.

Like most other parents, I am frustrated. I am frustrated because there is a simple solution to prevent mass shootings at schools but I have not heard one single politician or leader mention it yet. Frustrated because this solution is cost-effective and will do much to improve the safety of our children without angering the gun enthusiasts of the world (of which I am not one). Frustrated because I keep hearing that the solution is to put guns in the schools and into the hands of our teachers who are trained to teach, not to shoot. Frustrated because the solution seems so obvious to me.