*The names of interviewees have been changed.
The shooting that occurred in Florida last month was a tragedy that shook the nation to the core. Ever since the brutal murdering of the 17 victims, discussions have arisen internationally with individuals debating on gun control, school safety, and everything in between. East Hamilton students have been particularly passionate about this topic, and many have come forwards to introduce their own ideas on how they would regulate their school, maintaining the safety of everyone within it.
“Ryan Stone” was eager to express her thoughts, vocalizing “I believe that we need more school resource officers. Right now we’re sharing one with Westview, and I don’t think that’s okay. I think that the number of SRO officers assigned to each school should be determined on that particular schools population- the more students, the more officers. We need that.”
“Jennifer Lopez” thought for a moment to herself before lightly giggling, then declaring, “I honestly just think that the school makes it way too easy to get in. In the mornings when students come in late, you can just walk straight through the office. You don’t have to sign in if you choose not to. No one will question you, or even glance up. You can just waltz inside.”
Jennifer’s classmate, Emily, took a liking to this idea, proclaiming, “You’re right. Personally, I think that the office shouldn’t even be open the way it is. I think that the door should be closed, and there should be some sort of way to utilize our student ID’s- swipe them, scan them, something. I feel like right now they’re kind of purposeless.”
A peaceful protest against gun violence is occurring on March 14th in schools nationwide. Many schools have declared that any student that chooses to participate in this protest will not be penalized or disciplined for their involvement in the protest.
Upon questioning, Mrs. Chuy appeared to be in support of the message, saying that no student would get in trouble with administration if they choose to peacefully protest against gun violence.
The complexity as well as the sensitive nature of this discussion is prominent to most individuals. However, to make a change, action is required. It is the responsibility of every student, teacher, person in general, to independently and confidently determine how they can make a difference. We all have the ability, and we can make a positive influence in not only our community, but in Tennessee, in the nation, and in the world.
For more information on how we as hurricanes can keep each other and our school safer, visit our newspaper again as we will be publishing a new “Safety in the Storm” Series, including 8 articles addressing ways we can help each other stay safe and encourage a more positive atmosphere all around.
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