Duck and cover as in the old nuclear drill? Another worthless, pointless drill that just freaked everyone out. If they want to have drills and learn to hide and lock doors and such.. that's fine. I don't think firing blanks in the halls is necessary.
That's so F-ing stupid !! I hope the parents have that principal and Superintendent's JOBS !!
And some question why test scores fall? Well when you're doing 1000 things OTHER than teaching - not much time to learn !! WTF don't we just issue Bushmasters to ALL students and be done with it? Yeah and we can put 15' electrified -barbed wire fences and goon towers around each school!! Phew,,, safe at last !!
. After watching the movie, read a short book: Atomic Cover-up, Greg Mitchell.
Here is one review:
ATOMIC COVER-UP: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made (Kindle Edition) Mitchell has done America a service by documenting the history of the suppression and discovery of intimate color footage taken after the blasts, revealing the horror and consequences of our actions in a way this country has never fully come to grips with. It's impossible to have the "debate" over the utility of Truman's decision (assuming he was even involved in the second one, which may have been dropped automatically) without understanding the human dimension of the decision.
The sanitized narrative put forth by our leaders and their compliant press corps (resulting in the one b/w image familiar to us, and the 1947 Hollywood movie The Beginning or the End) is exploded by the real-time footage Mitchell writes about here, and the people who put it all together.
Let's get that footage out there and have a real debate.
Publication Date: July 12, 2011 In his latest book, which has gained national attention, award-winning author Greg Mitchell probes a turning point in U.S. history: the suppression of film footage, for decades, shot by a U.S. Army unit in Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- with staggering consequences even today. This is a detective story, and one of the last untold stories of World War II, and it has far-reaching impact. The shocking cover-up even extended to Hollywood -- with President Truman censoring an MGM film.
I read it -- couldn't put it down. We didn't need to drop the second bomb [Nagasaki] but since it was of a different make-up [plutomium] and scientists and military were curious to see what difference in the two might be present in the devastation, it was dropped. The decision on which city to drop it on was made by an idiotic means.
I read several more who-done-it mystery novels and am now reading: We Die Alone, David Howarth
I rarely bother with adventure stories, but Howarth's fine prose swept me into this tale and kept me at it. The last half of the book I took in one sitting. We hardly care about the protagonist, Jan Baalsrud, as a personality. He has remarkable courage and incredible physical stamina but little spiritual depth. In the hands of a lesser writer, his story could easily have degenerated into a limp survival yarn of the sort regularly published in Reader's Digest. But Howarth gives meaning to the story both through his fine description of the harsh natural world and by his sympathetic treatment of the dozens of volunteers who came to Baalsrud's rescue. Their attempt to rescue one soldier at the risk of their lives became a political as well as a humanitarian cause, virtually the only blow these Norwegians could strike against German invaders in the wastelands of northern Scandinavia.
Schools are actually a safe place. Or they were in 2000 when I quit. Still are according to stats,
There are close to 90,000 school children going to classes during a normal school day. They go to school about 180 days a year. That's over 16,000,000 school student days. Of that many, how many violent crimes on students are committed? I don't know the number but it is few as it should be.
One thing that is happening is the possibility of copycat crimes. I'm not saying its happening, but it sure is possible with all the hype being broadcast these days. I look back in the late 80's early 90's with the bomb scares in my area. For a while we were having them several times per month in my school alone. And these were just the ones to which we reacted . Others were dealt by the office alone. There was, even, a vice principal of a rural school in southwest Kansas who called in a bomb scare. Can't remember all the details on that guy but he was in crapsville.
Schools are rather safe,IMO. There will be those in some areas, of course, that need security but not in most.
There are 10 kinds of people. Those that understand binary and those that don't.
There are supposed to be somewhere near 130,000 public schools in the USA. The fact millions of kids go to these and they're almost crime free says a lot. Yes there are occasional tragedies like Newton and last week in Atlanta, but as you say, considering the number of student-days... it's a very, very low %... like <0.001%...
Doesn't mean we don't strive for perfection... we do but it's like the airline safety... near to perfect as you can get and not be 100.00% perfect.
I'm not sure it's the constitutionites who are in fear. It's the anti gun peeps clamoring for the elimination of guns and that guns are scary things. That gun folks are crazy evil
LOL.. strange perception you have there podner. Most of us aren't "anti-gun" and don't think guns are scary. I think guns are fine.. cool even. What is scary is the ease of procurement... and the number of guns within the population. There is very little control on getting a gun. It's harder to get your first divers license. But, hey, I can just keep on saying the same things over n over... you aren't going to hear it.
Nobody, anywhere, has said "let's ban all guns".... but that's what a lot of you are "hearing". A somewhat radical reaction...hmmmm?
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