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WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Every child deserves a safe school

WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

Two school shootings in eight days have put students and parents on edge. Overall, the responses from school officials were not all that helpful, ranging from nonchalant to hysterical.

To his credit, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton cut through a lot of the red tape, simply proclaiming that he was going to move forward with his own plan to bring metal detectors and more police to Memphis City Schools.

Earlier in the week, some school board members had tried to shift responsibility for the shootings back on to parents for not controlling their children. Mayor Herenton stated the obvious Wednesday when he said that we can’t give every child a responsible parent.

This is an urgent situation that requires careful action. Parents, students, education leaders, city leaders – all of us need to take ownership of the problem and work toward the goal of providing our young people with a safe learning environment.

That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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