Keeping Firearms Out of Our Schools

City police say that when they went to Steubenville High School to question a student about an armed robbery, they found a loaded .40-caliber pistol in his backpack. Later, that 17-year-old and a 16-year-old were charged in the robbery.

How the boy managed to get a loaded gun into school ought to concern Steubenville school officials, especially in the context of several other gun violence situations involving juveniles in the city.

To our knowledge, none of those attacks occurred in the high school. Still, the very presence of a boy with a loaded gun is worrisome.

Some schools have installed metal detectors through which students and staff must pass each morning. Additional security measures are something Steubenville school administrators may need to consider.

It is unfortunate that school resources need to be diverted from education to security. Sadly, in this day and age, educators may have no choice in order to keep students safe.


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