EDITORIAL: We’re losing our way in the “Secure our Schools” debate

Meadow Pollock

NOTE:  according to a Wikipedia page that tracks school shootings in the United States, there have been 213 school shootings since the April 20, 1999 killings at Colombine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

Around the nation local school boards should be examining how they can fund two certain priorities:  (1) hardening the schools they operate and (2) hiring armed security officers for each campus in order to protect the children they educate on a daily basis: quoting Andrew Pollock, the father of fourteen year old Meadow Pollock who was murdered at Douglas High School, “everything else can wait.”

The comprehensive solution to this horrific recurring problem rests partly in gun law reform, partly in mental health/civil liberty reforms and partly in school security — but local school boards cannot wait for our Federal Government to enact a comprehensive solution — because they won’t, because they NEVER do.

School Boards across the nation need to secure our schools immediately so the horrifying scenes that have played out at Columbine High School, Sandy Hook Elementary School and now Douglas High School (to name only a few) never happen again — enough is enough.  State Governments need to support local site and personnel funding requirements in a partnership with the Federal Government, much like the way road construction is funded across the nation and if our taxes need to be raised to accomplish this so be it.

TO REPEAT: this issue is ONLY about securing our schools NOW and local school boards need to demand the assets that they’ll need to do the job.

My daughters school district in Orange County California has four armed police officers for thirty-eight schools.



Mike McDowell
Executive Director
The Soldiers Project

Mike McDowell, LtCol USMC (ret), is the Executive Director The Soldiers Project whose mission is:

“We provide free, confidential and unlimited mental health services to any active duty service member or veteran who has served since September 11, 2001.
We provide services to families and loved ones too – wives, husbands, partners, parents and children.
We don’t turn anyone away based on discharge status, branch of service, or whether they saw combat.
If you served, you get seen.” 

It’s ground breaking stuff and sorely needed… we’ll find out what’s going on at The Soldiers Project.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller

General R.B. Neller, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps

June 2, 2016

In the very first interview we did on ALL MARINE RADIO, the Commandant of the Marine Corps joined us to talk a gender integration, aviation readiness and post-combat related mental health.

General Neller also affirms that Mac was his favorite company commander of all time.