Saturday 20 January 2018

Stricter school security no match for deadly weapons

SCHOOL visits are in another league in the US. It's not possible to simply push open the front door and walk in off the street – security is noticeable, and somewhat startling to an Irish person on the receiving end of it.

Seven months ago, I gave a talk at an elementary school in upstate New York, in a remote community not dissimilar to Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 young children and six adults were massacred by semi-automatic rifle fire.

My visit was arranged in advance with members of the teaching staff, I was vouched for by a parent, and details were held by the school office. Nevertheless, nothing was taken on trust.

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