Residents must not give in to fear, doubt

Schools and school systems across the Peach State and the rest of the nation are checking and rechecking security measures. That's perfectly understandable following the shocking massacre in December at Newtown, Conn.

Communities want to do everything they can, everything in their power, to make sure their sons and daughters are in a safe learning environment.

It is a day and age when no one can afford to drop his guard. Not even those responsible for 6- and 7-year-olds.

That holds true here too, in Glynn County. Rod Ellis, the school system's police chief, is checking and rechecking safety plans with principals, many of whom were proactive and actually started reviewing plans the very day of the shooting, just hours after it was reported. The objective of all is to strengthen any weakness with additional support or new measures.

Some school systems are looking outside the school hallways and classrooms in planning for the worst scenarios possible. A middle school in North Augusta, for example, is asking police SWAT units to examine the school and its layout and determine now how and where they would respond in an emergency.

A county in New York is trying to protect residents from what it considers an extreme reaction by standing by a clerk's denial of a request that the names and addresses of everyone in the community who has a gun permit be published for all to see. That might be jeopardizing more than just the safety of gun holders.

Everyone is unsettled, frightened, and rightly so. But giving in to fear is not the answer. It never is. More often than not, it only leads to more innocent people getting hurt.

Brunswick and the Golden Isles will go a long way in protecting children by simply following the public school system or private school's rules for entering campus facilities and by continuing to report suspicious activities or persons to the police.