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CMS did right thing

Posted: December 12, 2013 10:22 a.m.
Updated: December 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Guns in schools is always a touchy subject, and of course it was newsworthy when a Camden Middle School student recently was apprehended at school with a loaded .38 caliber revolver as well as a box cutter.  We have all read too many incidents of horrific school shootings across the country, so parents and other citizens are sensitive to security in schools. Local law enforcement authorities say school administrators handled the situation well and praised the school’s staff, headed by principal Byron Johnson, for doing “a great job.”

That didn’t stop some people from criticizing Johnson and other school officials on social media networks. Such instant communication has given people license to broadcast their opinions, whether those opinions are valid or not. We realize, of course, that parents can be touchy when their children are in a position to be harmed -- that’s certainly understandable -- and they are quick to voice their concerns. But in this case, it’s a bit unfair to school officials to criticize them when they performed admirably, winning the plaudits of Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd.

Social media can be valuable. In this instance, it was not. Johnson and his staff acted appropriately, and they are to be commended rather than criticized.


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