My heartfelt condolences go out to the family caught up in the tragedy that visited our school community last week. This event left me shaken; I have two children at this vulnerable age, and the imagination quickly runs to the unthinkable.
And although I've thought about it quite a bit I have been at a loss as to what to say here. I do view this event as a failure of the school district and the school board. What could we have done or should do to prevent a recurrence? I don't know. But I do know that our students spend a significant portion of their time in our care, and we have an obligation to provide a environment that provides physical and emotional security for each, regardless of the other factors in their lives. The fact that this occurred indicates to me that we have failed at that goal. We need to carefully consider what might be done moving forward.
For a view of how a school board can impact school climate you might check out this article in Rolling Stone. The article is not uncontroversial, and has a different focus, but to me it illustrates how what happens on the school board can directly influence school climate in positive or negative ways.