Guns in Schools, Threats Require More Active Sniper Training at CMCSS | OPINION

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Open letter to the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board of Aron Maberry:

From what I understand, with the Rossview incident (Tuesday) we had five firearms confiscated this year that affected New Providence Middle, Montgomery Central High, West Creek High, Northeast High and Rossview. (Wednesday) at Richview Middle, a student posted on social media, “I’m filming Richview Middle School! Today December 8! Thank goodness the relevant authorities saw this and intervened in this situation. According to local media, there have been 53 assaults and 22 threats of violence at schools in Clarksville-Montgomery County in the past four months. Things are intensifying inside the school system as everywhere else.

The TikTok challenges made the acts of vandalism and violence cool that added to this escalation. Thank goodness we haven’t seen serious large-scale acts of violence, but as a community we need to wake up.

To this end, I call and request, along with a local parenting advocacy group, the Freedom Fighting Collective, that a multi-agency active shooter training take place for the CMCSS. It is important that these are held regularly to keep intervention protocols fresh in everyone’s mind. Hosting one as a collective effort with city, county, CMCSS and EMS departments, all working simultaneously, I think it will give stakeholders a clear view of any unforeseen obstacles that might arise during such an event. It takes the cooperation of all these local agencies to make this happen.

In addition, we request that the ORS at each school also do a presentation for our students and staff.

Finally, when I was at Rossview High School, we had in mind the horrific shooting of 1999 at Columbine High School, where 12 students and a teacher were murdered. I remember attending a touching presentation from Rachel Scott’s family. In fact, I still have the book and keep it on my shelf here in my office as a reminder. The Freedom Fighting Collective and I are calling on the district to contact the organization that tells Rachel’s story, called Rachel’s Challenge, to come speak directly to all of our middle and high school students. We need to generate awareness against bullying and violence in our schools and it will be a good start, potentially life saving.

Thank you in advance for your response and hope to support these causes. Our children and our community need this message now in the midst of this difficult time. You can find out more about Rachel’s Challenge at https://rachelschallenge.org.

Aron Maberry


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