Letters to the Editor

Readers submit ideas for solutions to school shootings

A woman prays outside the Santa Fe ISD Alamo Gym where students and faculty are being brought after a shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.
A woman prays outside the Santa Fe ISD Alamo Gym where students and faculty are being brought after a shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. The Galveston County Daily News via AP

Solutions: Build more secure schools

Quit building these sprawling school campuses that appear to be a shrine to architectural design more than function.

Install security fences with guard posts for check-in and security checkpoints.

It's done at every sports event, music venue and airport. High schools in Texas spend as much as $60 million for high school stadiums. I'm pretty sure we can secure classrooms.

I know we have many returning vets who could fill the ticket for security.

—Andy Glover,

Weatherford

Solutions: TV ads for gun safety

We need a national program similar to the new Stop Smoking TV ads by the tobacco companies.

"Stop Shooting — Lay Down Your Weapons” could start with ads on television and radio.

Mediation rooms needs to be set up in every school, business, community. Teach people to talk to each other and work through the issue/problems they may be facing..

Send out information booklets to every household providing steps to mediate and prevent violence. Teach people how to solve a problem by talking.

The NRA needs to step up and pay for the ads, just like the tobacco companies.

—Kristine A. McIntosh,

Edgecliff Village

Solutions: Conflict resolution training

Train adolescent students in non-violent resolution as part of the curriculum and counseling.

The governor should direct funds to hire skilled teachers and counselors to be trained in this and to teach this in every school.

Texas and school boards would be nationally recognized if they lead in this.

—Foster Foreman,

Austin

Solutions: Charge NRA for school security

I propose that the NRA as a sign of goodwill show its concern on this safety issue by contributing some of its millions of dollars to school districts who need financial backing to increase security in their schools.

—Paul Duncan,

Arlington

Solutions: Get kids off Nintendo and TVs

The kids of today, with little supervision from their parents, sit in their bedroom all day on their Nintendo and 4K 3D 65-inch TVs killing everyone and everything in sight in graphic detail.

Constantly watching blood, brains and guts splatter is the reward of the day.

And then a certain few weak-minded individuals transfer these actions into reality.

If anyone doesn’t believe that this gruesome exposure doesn’t desensitize and condition a child’s brain, I’ve got an ocean-view lot next door I’d like to sell them.

—Reggie Hicks,

Fort Worth

Solutions: Protect children, not gun lobby

Texas' Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is misguiding innocent people. His suggestions are similar to the President's of providing guns or pistols to schoolteachers.

Democracy demands the government protect the safety of schoolchildren, not the gun lobby.

The government should not put the family members of the victim in distress and pain throughout their lives.

—Jagdip H. Vaishnav,

Mumbai, India

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