by Kerry Dougherty
Four words came to mind when news broke yesterday that a Newport News grand jury had indicted the mother of a 6-year-old school shooter: what took so long?
It’s been 13 weeks since a FIRST GRADER brought a handgun to school in his backpack and used it to shoot his teacher in front of his classmates.
It’s been 94 days since the 6-year-old sociopath got his hands on his mother’s gun and took it to school.
During the ensuing three months, prosecutors repeatedly said they weren’t sure the owner of the gun would be charged for the near-murder.
That effectively meant no one would be held criminally responsible for the shooting. It’s widely accepted that a 6-year-old cannot be charged with a crime.
Finally, on April 10, a grand jury indicted the gun owner — the mother of the shooter — and charged her with felony child neglect and a misdemeanor count of recklessly storing a firearm so a child could gain access to it.
Courtesy Kenton Brothers
by James C. Sherlock
Better late than never. Truly.
The Daily Press reported today that the Newport News school board has secured funding for state-of-the-art metal detectors.
State-of-the-art means systems that can detect weapons without the long lines and delays we associate with such systems.
As an example, a 125-year-old company, Kenton Brothers, offers Evolve Technology that combines artificial intelligence with digital sensors that they claim can screen visitors and students 10 times faster that older methods.
Kenton Brothers inevitably has competitors with similar technologies. Perhaps better ones. These systems won’t keep teachers or kids from getting assaulted in schools, but should reduce knifings and shootings.
Which is something.
But to restore order, metal detectors must be paired with old-school zero tolerance discipline. The long-adopted, utterly failed Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) discipline system must be scrapped in Newport News schools.
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