Keeping Children Safe in Our Schools

It may be that it is impossible to safeguard our children against mass murderers who would invade their schools. Still, we simply must do all in our power to prevent tragedies such as that in Connecticut last year.

West Virginia Board of Education members agreed last week that a full, objective review of school safety is needed in our state. They are right. While security at most schools has improved dramatically during the past decade or so, big gaps in safety remain.

Can taxpayers afford to close them all? Without knowing more about what experts recommend, it is impossible to answer that question.

Many suggestions involving school safety made at the national level would do little, if anything, to make children more secure. That leaves the task up to us, and it is one the state board is correct to embrace.