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Editorial: Safe schools

Posted: March 1, 2018 4:41 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2018 1:00 a.m.

In the wake of the horrific and tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting, it is only natural for everyone to be concerned, even frightened, for our children. Indeed, citizens -- including groups of parents of school children -- in this county are already networking in the community and advocating before government bodies such as the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees and Kershaw County Council. 

Their questions and concerns are legitimate. And quite frankly, we have a few questions of our own.

On today’s front page is a story by Senior Writer Martin L. Cahn, which examines several incidents involving threats made against Kershaw County schools from Feb. 15-22. Fortunately, all of the threats turned out to be not credible or present a true danger to anyone -- indeed, one was made by an 11-year-old middle school student who apparently was surprised at how serious a reaction her “joke” received and who will face consequences by the school district and will be petitioned to family court. Nonetheless, these incidents have sparked further questions and concerns. And make no mistake -- such a “prank” is about as amusing as pulling a fire alarm.

These incidents all were handled differently. While we understand each situation comes with a unique set of circumstances, we still want to know exactly what policies and protocols are in place and who is ultimately responsible. 

Unfortunately, we are living in strange times with complex problems that have no easy solutions. 

There will be no going back to any “good ol’ days.” 


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