I was alarmed after reading "School
district confirms commitment to safety" in the Dec. 19 Hudson Hub-Times. I see little difference in Hudson's and Newtown's security measures. If that is true then our schools are in danger of a similar shooting event. I anticipated that some thinking outside-the-box would be required of every school district to make sure a similar event could not occur.
Very few of the "new" ideas that I am aware of are workable to stop a shooter inside the school. It is clear that police duties preclude their use as security. Armed guards are expensive and present an undesirable message. However, this problem is solvable with all our help.
Here is an out-of-the-box idea; I suggest that a few members of the school staff be allowed to be appointed deputy sheriffs. They would be like our voluntary firefighters. The prime job would be to the school, and the sheriff would oversee regular training and certification of ability. If this would work as well as our voluntary firefighters, no shooter would ever consider the schools a "soft target."
John Moody, Hudson