Editor: The events at Madison’s Trust Elementary in the past couple weeks have been horrible to observe. A runaway slave game and a black panthers protest are not what we want to see in our elementary schools.
Luckily, the events have been peaceful, but this protest could have been much worse. It begs the question: Why we aren’t protecting our youngest children more.
Why wouldn’t our elementary schools have a resource officer to deal with these issues, and possible threats? Isn’t it important to keep our national treasure, our children, more secure?
Having professionals in place to deal with volatile situations like this, ready to deescalate, and protect our children should be a “no brainer” right? Wrong.
We don’t have a resource officers in our elementary schools now. What is more important than the safety of our schools, with children of all ages?
Well it turns out that Sheriff Chapman and John Whitbeck, candidate for County Chairman, proposed expanding our School Resource Officer program to our elementary schools. I think that this proposal is incredibly important and should be implemented, especially in light of recent events.
I applaud Mr. Chapman and Mr. Whitbeck for this program and I hope that they will serve in their capacities and protect our children.
Renee Pillor, President
Loudoun County Women’s Republican Club