Sometimes it’s right to spend some money on stuff. In Jeffco, we’re encountering a couple of bonds on the ballot. Some may look at it and say, “Not me.” You know, school safety bond things. Stuff.
Here’s the deal. 5A and 5B are actually pretty smart. Door locks. (See the Sandy Hook Commission Report), security staff, and a profound investment in addressing mental health challenges where intervention can change action. All proven to mitigate the unthinkable.
Why is this important, not just to school age parents, but anyone in Jeffco? My first hand experience is that if something happens at a school, every student, every parent, and every community member is impacted. That’s not a reason. But it should be a consideration.
I spoke of first hand experience. On September 27th, 2006 a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School, held seven girls hostage and ultimately shot and killed my daughter, Emily Keyes. During the time she was held hostage, Emily sent me this text message: "I love you guys.”
I love u guys.
You can also read his letter to the editor in the Denver Post.