Guest column

In UA schools, student safety is our No. 1 priority

Our community's and nation's schools should be the safest, warmest and most welcoming havens in our society.

And statistically, on any given day, they are the safe and welcoming shelters of teaching and learning that we want them to be and that they should be.

However, when a tragedy such as what transpired in Newtown, Conn., occurs, it shakes us to our core and causes us to ask the unanswerable questions of, "Why?" and, "Could it happen here?"

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Local stories

Security upgrades planned at Grandview schools

Grandview Heights City School District Superintendent Ed O'Reilly reached out to parents with an eBlast message following the Friday, Dec. 14, incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in which a gunman shot and killed 20 students and six adults.

Police, schools work to make Westerville students feel safe

As students entered Westerville City Schools Monday, they were met by Westerville police officers, a sign of the traumatic shooting that took the lives of 20 first-grader students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 14.

Wise: SWCS students' safety 'always in our thoughts'

Aside from some additional officers patrolling near school buildings, the South-Western City School District took no special measures as students returned to class Monday following the Dec. 14 incident at a Connecticut elementary school where an assailant shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

Reynoldsburg schools beef up security, call in counselors

Reynoldsburg school leaders implemented heightened security measures after the Dec. 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and sent letters to parents with tips on how to talk to children about the tragedy.

McVey: Hilliard's top priority is 'safe learning environment'

As children returned to school in Hilliard on Monday, Dec. 17, district officials strived for normalcy while not forgetting the tragedy that occurred last week at a Connecticut elementary school.

Olentangy's 'live' safety plan is updated often

In the wake of a school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six elementary school staff members Friday, Dec. 14, in Newtown, Conn., Olentangy Local School District officials said procedures are in place to keep local students safe.

G-J's Scruci seeks community partnership to keep kids safe

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Superintendent Francis Scruci continues to reach out to parents and guardians of district children following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

New Albany-Plain Local adds greeter, badge system

New Albany-Plain Local School District building principals met Monday, Dec. 17, with Superintendent April Domine to discuss the district's security procedures.