A life-long educator, now serving as a state senator, says it is nearly impossible to stop all school violence.
Senator Roy Baker says the recent shooting in Florida has prompted districts to take a closer look at prevention.
“I’m developing a resolution for an interim study in the legislature about what we can do at the state level, at the policy level, to support the efforts of local communities and local school districts in what they see they need to do,” Baker tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE.
The former Norris Public Schools superintendent says local schools and law enforcement would best know what works in their situation.
“Something happens at Beatrice School, put in a phone call and you have law enforcement there rather quickly,” Baker says. “At Norris, out in the middle of the country, we knew full well, it could be a half hour, if you called 911, for someone to get there.”
School safety has already improved over the past 20 years, Baker notes, but he agrees that more can be done.
The recent school shooting in Florida seems to have been a breaking point.
“Typically, politicians will grab hold of an incident to try to advance their own party’s position on guns and those kinds of things,” Baker says, “but I think people are listening to the young people, the students, way more than they ever have before.”
Doug Kennedy, KWBE in Beatrice, contributed to this report.