Letter to the editor: North Hills needs to make parents part of school security conversation
Regarding the article Some North Hills parents unhappy with district response to security concerns , I believe parents are an essential element of school security and I strongly advise the superintendent to take notice and invite them into the conversation.
Furthermore, he should consult with the experts before it is too late, because the shadow of failure lingers a lifetime.
Academia in general is often reluctant to take on the responsibilities of adequate security measures because they just don't know. And they don't necessarily care for others making transparent decisions in their arena that are not academics like themselves.
I believe they would rather pay themselves large salaries and forgo the security measures necessary to secure a safe environment for their students, as they assume they know better than the parents and security experts.
The facts speak for themselves — school violence is accelerating and the academics do far too little to prevent these tragedies, and when they do occur, they never accept responsibility.
(Laush, a 1972 graduate of North Hills High School, is a retired Pittsburgh police sergeant. He now works as a police chief for the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.)