School safety a priority for parents, too

Parents want to feel their children are safe when they leave for school in the morning, but whether they are or not isn’t always easy to assess.

“As a parent of four children, three of whom have already gone through the Norwich Schools, I feel my child is safe,” said Lynn Parker, president of the Norwich Parent, Teacher and Student Association. “The school has a plan of action in case a situation arose.” Parker acknowledges that school safety is an issue, but she believes that the administration is on top of it.

“I do worry when I hear reports [of school violence] in the media,” she said, “but as a parent, I worry when they’re at school, at work, and on the road.” One area that does concern Parker is the amount of violence within the schools. “One concern I, and many other parents, have is that we’re afraid kids are becoming accustomed to seeing fights.” According to the PTSA president, she hears about an in-school fight almost daily. She is afraid the students will become desensitized to the violence. She feels the presence of a resource officer may help defuse the situation.

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