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Letter to the Editor: Let Grandparents Protect Schools

The author offers his assistance.

To the Editor:

I have been watching and reading the many reactions and comments concerning the sadness we all suffered in Connecticut. As I have grandchildren the same ages as those young souls, it has been especially heart-rending for me.

People are railing against the National Rifle Association, while others "dig in" to protect our right to bear arms. Still more worry about the cost of deploying police officers to our schools. But during this discussion, it becomes clear that there may be a solution that is acceptable to all.

Let's let our country's grandfathers and grandmothers protect our schools. I would be more than willing to stand guard one day a week (or more) with a radio that could bring a police officer to the school in minutes if I spotted something not right. While one person guarded the front door, another could be deployed as a walk-around person (also radio-equipped) to detect anyone approaching the school other than from the front of the building.

We would offer this service for free, of course.

How about a home guard for our most precious of treasures? It would be at no cost, act as a sure deterrent and give us a purpose that is far greater than a round of golf.

Robert Skog

Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.

(Editor's Note: The author grew up in Westborough.)

Terri O'Donghue January 21, 2013 at 02:48 PM
I think this is a wonderful idea. Backround checks would need to be done to prevent any preditors from being around the children, but that should be simple enough. Kudos to Mr. Skog for coming up with a solution to the problems that our government can't seem to handle.
Amy Buttiglieri January 21, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Love it! Kids would feel comfortable, they're volunteers so they will have a great attitude about being there, and age brings both wisdom and a low "nonsense" threshold. Retired folks have so much to give, too - this is what a true community is all about!

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