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Diario De La Americas

Miami, Fl. Sergio Otalora ( Diario De La Americas)

This article has been translated into English; Read the article in Spanish as published: Click Here

On Wednesday, South Miami Senior High School was the scene of the encounter between authorities and the community to discuss a point of concern to all: how safe are schools and what authorities are going to enable students to develop their academic experience in a healthy and balanced environment? Speaking of security means, as raised at the meeting, there is a serious conversation and concern about guns, drugs and bullying – bullying or harassment.

These meetings are precisely designed to have an exchange of views and concepts between the experts, parents and students. But, above all, to take action when it is still possible, as Raquel Regalado said as one of the event organizers and member of the School Board of Miami-Dade County.

Weapons: Finding guns in Miami-Dade County schools is not a topic that would qualify as epidemic but very concerning all the same. “Authorities work, both explicitly, and covertly to prevent weapons from coming onto any campus,” stated Chief Ian Moffett, as the head of the School Police Department in Miami-Dade County.

According to the official, when the officer finds that someone might be armed, they track him or her down to know where the gun originated, and also to know and identify the weapon. Social networks, according to Chief Moffett, are a key tool of communication with the community. “Our officers also have a very trusting relationship with teachers and school administrators,” adds Chief Moffett.

To Regalado, respect of the Second Amendment, is key; the right to bear arms  but in a responsible manner, especially when it concerns students. Ammunition must be separated and put in a safe place under lock and key. There is a parental responsibility to the community and their child. When you have a gun in the house, the level of responsibility should be increased.

In his speech, the mayor of South Miami, Philip K. Stoddard asked how many people die per month in the U.S. because of firearms.  “3000,”  he stated, adding that the majority were men between 14 and 19 years of age. According to Stoddard the bullying was at the core of many of these cases.

Drugs: In relation to the issue of drugs, Regalado cited research indicating that adolescents who use drugs displayed no fear, because it is bad or wrong, but they do however fear the consequences. It is in the consequences which bases its entire exposure and is requesting that new dialogue between parents, children and teachers take place to reduce the amount of students who turn to drugs for issues that they deal with on a daily basis. In addition, drugs have also moved up with the Internet development and all around it has become easier for them to obtain certain drugs through the Web. Parents cannot imagine how much access there is right now to buy drugs for teenagers and even pre-teens.