Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2001

A public forum worth attending

Editorial

April 26, 2001

April 20, 1999 was a day few people will ever forget.

On that day, 12 students and one teacher lost their lives at Columbine High School in Colorado.

It was the worst kind of tragedy one that could have been prevented.

On May 3, Columbine school administrator Richard Veech will be in at Eudora High School to talk to area residents about the events of that day. He comes to town at the invitation of Eudora West Elementary Principal Rod Moyer, who heard him speak earlier this year.

We urge our readers to take advantage of this rare and valuable opportunity. Plan to attend the forum and take some time after to talk to your kids and learn what is really happening in their schools.

Much has been made of what went wrong at Columbine. There are those who accuse the authorities of not being aggressive enough in their rescue attempts. There are those who blame school faculty and administrators for not figuring out sooner that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were heading toward such a violent end. And, there are those who blame the students who reportedly harassed the two boys.

Suffice it to say, there is plenty of blame to go around. Looking back, it's easy to point to what went wrong. In fairness, however, we must remember that the country had never before seen anything like what unfolded on that day.

Like everything in life, someone had to go first.

Now, we have the opportunity to learn from their experiences. Veech will explain what went wrong that day and what his school district has done to prevent such a thing from happening again. With his guidance, we can avoid making the same mistakes they made.

It's easy to say it will never happen here. God willing, it won't. But if we have learned anything in the past couple of years, it's that a little prevention now can save a lot of heartache later.

Moyer has worked hard to bring together key members of the community for a workshop following the public forum. The more people they hear from, the more productive their time will be.

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