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Furman Panelists Discuss School Safety

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After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Furman University students and professors say it was time to open up the discussion about school safety.

Wednesday afternoon, panelists gathered to discuss school safety, said Furman education professor Lorraine DeJong.

"To try and look at the issue of gun violence, school safety, and mental health as a complex issue," DeJong explained. "Some of our students are going into teaching but many of out students of course will be parents, and voters and so we want to hear their voice."

As a show of bipartisan support, Furman students put aside their political differences. Both college Democrats and Republicans worked together to sponsor the forum. 

"It never helps when you just have somebody constantly feeding your own perspective, it's good to be challenged, and that's the only way you can really grow," explained Brian Boda, Chairman of College Republicans.

"Unfortunately, we hear about these stories too much," said Ben Saul, President of Furman College Democrats. "I think Newtown was especially difficult because it was young children."

All agree, there's no simple solution, but say Wednesday's panel discussion was a step in the right direction.

According to a recent study by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, 52% of principals surveyed said they had implemented new security procedures as a result of recent school tragedies.

Only 2% of superintendents surveyed said they had seen an increase in safety threats since the Sandy Hook tragedy.



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