Since we've been on the subject of Sandy Hook quite a bit.
There have been threats all week long in the local schools. A (non fired) bullet was found in a bathroom sink in one high school. They keep locking down the schools and bringing in cops and dogs to search for weapons. And on my local newspaper there are so many people upset and saying that we shouldn't take these precautions.
After Columbine my high school in the city did a lock down drill. They locked the class room doors, the teachers put black paper up on the windows so you couldn't be sure who was in there, we were told to lie flat, away from the windows and doors and be silent. And during all of this I knew it wasn't really going to help much. Even if someone comes with a target in mind I don't think they're just going to shrug their shoulders and say "shucks, guess I'll have to try another day because I can't see in the rooms." They will find someone. There will be kids in the bathroom, in the hallway. And then they can't get out of the dangerous areas and into a classroom. It felt as futile as our parents probably did during the "duck and cover" days.
This city would probably seem small to a lot of you but it has grown a lot. There are multiple gangs present in the schools. There are drive bys in the neighborhoods. Not daily, but yearly at least some gang related gun death. But there would be such an outcry if metal detectors were proposed.
A few miles away and it feels much more rural. I went to one of those schools too. Kids would leave their hunting rifles in their unlocked vehicles. There is a huge meth lab presence in the area, in addition to importing all the other drugs.
Crime is here. Violence is here. The students are armed. It was a problem 15 years ago when I was a student. And I'm sure there's someone out there with the potential of committing a mass killing, mental illness knows now geographical bounds.
But all most of the people in my area are saying is that it's not a problem here. Nothing here needs to change. We're still just a quiet little town. It makes me sick. As a former student and a current parent- you find a bullet in the school you make sure as heck that there's nothing else there. Don't you dare brush it off!