WTVM Editorial 10/1/18: Hire officers now

WTVM Editorial 10/1/18: Hire officers now
WTVM Editorial 10/1/18: Hire officers now

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It’s a new school year and now there have been a new round of threats at two Muscogee County High Schools.

The Muscogee County School District is dealing with each one quickly and professionally, but the fact these three scary situations occurred within a few days of each other is disturbing.

The latest of the three threats came in the form of a written warning in a girl’s bathroom at Northside High School.

It read: “Do not come to school on September 28, you’ve been warned.”

Earlier at Northside, a student brought a pellet gun to school and pointed it at another student.

Meanwhile, over at Spencer High School, a real gun was brought inside, earning that student a suspension.

So, once again, we find ourselves on heightened alert when it comes to school safety.

Once again, the district had to notify parents and pledge to monitor each potentially dangerous situation.

That means, it’s time for every parent to talk with their kids about what is and what isn’t proper to bring to school…and why.

Tell them bringing a gun to school can ruin their lives; that it’s irresponsible and dangerous; that guns or threats, written or spoken, have no place in a school, ever.

Luckily, no one was injured in any of these situations and the school district has a solid security plan.

But we urge the Muscogee County School District to do all they can to follow-through with that plan quickly and hire the district’s police chief, so that person can hire the security officers the plan calls for.

The district security plan is one we have supported in the past and we still do.

But now is the time to make sure those critically needed school officers are hired as swiftly as possible – not so quickly as to sacrifice quality hires, but with an eye on the calendar.

It’s already several weeks into the school year and those officers are needed now to address and hopefully prevent school security threats.

There’s no time to waste when it comes to being prepared.

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