Editor: Last Tuesday, March 19, an armed man was arrested at a local high school after having freely entered the building able to roam the campus for more than an hour until he was apprehended.
Neither students nor parents were given adequate information as to why a lockdown procedure was not performed either during the event or thereafter leaving people to speculate. Questions were being asked and rumors circulated, especially on social media. The safety of our schools should not be in any question at this juncture in time when mass shootings have sadly become commonplace events.
It is the responsibility of our school system to ensure the safety of the citizens on school property at all times. Mistakes were made last Tuesday. A gun should not have been so easy to bring into a public school. Now is the time for action. All schools need a solid safety policy that is strictly followed at all times. No one should be able to gain access to schools without their identification being validated along with the purpose of their visit. Mistakes such as the event that occurred last Tuesday need to be a thing of the past. Safety on school property needs to be addressed and implemented immediately.
Start following policy now and show us that changes are taking place. We do not want Loudoun County to become another statistic.
Deborah Morbeto, Leesburg