Don't make students responsible for stopping school violence

September 19, 2012

I must disagree with your editorial recommending that a better approach to the problem of children bringing guns to school would be having students alert authorities to troubling behavior by their peers ("Guns in schools," Sept. 16).

It is the adults who must learn to interpret the warning signs given off by troubled youngsters before they lead to violence in the home and at school — parents, teachers, school counselors and staff. The adults are the ones who should be learning and working together more pro-actively.

Don't put this adult responsibility onto the children. Children are smart and perceptive, and they should be part of the solution. But it's unfair to ask them to do what adults should be doing.

It's the adults' responsibility to remove the stigma of reaching out for help.

Susan M. Getka, Catonsville

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