For eons, parents sent their kids off to school with the assurance that they would be nurtured, educated and returned safely home each afternoon.

Sadly, the times, they are a changin'.

School houses, once considered the safest of safe houses for our children, suddenly are the target of choice for a collection of perverts, weirdoes and cold-blooded killers.

The rash of school shootings in Wisconsin, Colorado and Pennsylvania in recent weeks has parents across the nation nervous and has left school officials and elected officials in a quandary about how to prevent similar occurrences.

Security plans implemented at many schools range from armed police officers walking the halls to metal detectors at entrances to lock downs at the slightest hint of a breech.

Now, some say that may not be enough.

In Wisconsin, a state legislator has gone as far as to start crafting legislation that would allow teachers, principals, administrators and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons.

These school shootings are certainly tragic but have we reached the point that we must arm our educators?

No, say more reasonable heads who argue that statistics show that the safest place for a child to be is in school.

The reality is that no matter what measures you take, a delusional, suicidal mad man hell bent on destruction is sometimes going to find a way to carry out his mission.

The proper course is to continue to take reasonable steps to ensure that our kids are safe. Arming teachers is not reasonable.

Jerry Pittman is publisher of The Express-Star. You can e-mail him a

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