By: Kevin Mezey
Stress is an inevitability for every high school student. Coping with a multitude of issues, from homework to peer pressure, can leave some teetering on the edge of insanity. However, that amount of stress is no reason to go to school armed with a gun, killing and injuring six students, as 17-year-old T.J. Lane did. Lane arrived at Chardon High School, in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 27, armed with a .22 caliber pistol that was used to shoot 6 of his fellow classmates. Lane says that he had no motive for the shooting.
This shooting came as a great shock to most people, and brought a great sadness, however, it is a great opportunity to begin stressing security and safety in public schools. School shootings have become far too common here in American public schools, and there have been countless efforts by professionals, such as counselors, psychologists, and many others, to bring down the number of these shootings, with what seems like little success.
Associate Principal Mrs. Hall was asked to give her opinion on multiple issues having to do with this shooting specifically, and school shootings in general. Mrs. Hall says that she thinks that Lahser is a very safe environment for student and she doesn’t “worry about the safety of Lahser/Bloomfield Hills students on a daily basis, and she is more concerned than worried” for the safety of students. Mrs. Hall believes that there are more than enough security measures in place here at Lahser, including secure exterior doors, a camera watching the back door by the pool hall, and of course the lockdown and secure modes, where students and teachers already know what to do in case of an emergency such as this one.
Counselor Jacqueline Martinez commented on the shooting “I felt deeply sad [when I heard about the shooting] not only for the kids who were shot and their families, but also for the shooter.” When asked how she felt about the safety of her own children, Ms. Martinez said “You can’t live in fear every day.”
One common issue that arose around the Chardon School Shooting was how soon the students went back to school. Students were sent back only four days after the shooting, February 27-March 2. Ms. Martinez and Mrs. Hall both agree that this is a good thing, however, as it allows students to “get back into their regular routine, see friends, and get comfortable again, rather than dwelling on the event.”