Obviously recent events have the country concerned over school safety and frankly, an issue many don’t like to talk about – mental illness.

Throughout the year, I visit many of our schools and always appreciate hearing from teachers, parents, School Improvement Councils and School Resource Officers.

Today was a visit to Ballentine Elementary where I got to meet SRO Myers before reading to Mrs. LaRosa’s 3rd grade class. Last month I visited Chapin Elementary and also had conversations with our School Board and District Officials.

With respect to safety, one topic that continues to come up is – mental health. Law enforcement needs the ability to act swifter in some instances. I believe we will ultimately see a common-sense approach provide the results we are looking for with our school and children. Like almost every issue in society, the debate may not please everyone; but the outcome will help provide additional support to our schools.