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Safeguarding schools but not kids

Idaho regularly inspects its public school and college buildings to ensure they're safe from fires and other hazards. But when was the last time any Idaho student was injured or threatened in a school fire? That same child is more likely to be bullied. He has a greater chance of facing an unsafe learning environment. And sadly - based on the experience of Littleton, Colo., Newtown, Conn., and Roseburg, Ore. - he faces a risk of violence. Yet Idaho has no systematic system for assessing school building safety and security vulnerabilities. What little it knows was gleaned from a 2014 survey that looked at 10 percent of Idaho's 750 school buildings/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Does your school do enough to protect children from being bullied or worse?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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