Have any of your kids's schools instituted new safety measures after last Friday's heartbreaking tragedy? Ours now keeps doors locked after school hours, where they used to be open, and all doors to the outside are locked at all times...kids on the playground who need to go inside during recess now need to get a special card from the aide. I so understand our desire to make our kids safer...but these things just seem like window dressing. The Newtown school was locked...but just as happened there...windows at my kids' school can be broken. Nothing instituted will change that...unless they put bars or steel shutters on all windows and doors. I am reading online how people are gettting bulletproof backpacks for their kids. Really??? Those poor babies in Newtown were not wearing their backpacks in class. As much as my heart breaks every time I turn on the TV and see coverage this week...I really don't feel that my kids are any less or more safe today than they were last week. The measures instituted at our school don't change anything. What I think WOULD change the frequency of these types of horrors is if the media would stop plastering the shooter's image on every TV, newspaper, and magazine. Sick as these people are...and even if they plan to kill themselves...they want the infamy and attention they've seen those evil people before them get. When these things happen...the gunman's name and face should be nowhere to be found. I don't want to know who he is or why he did it...because that is what he is hoping we will all try to find out. He wants us to know why people "deserved" to die in his opinion. Yes, the tragedy should still be covered...and those lost should have their lives celebrated and heroes should be commended. But if we stop "celebrating" and being obsessed with these gunman....if they never get the fame and validation they are looking for with these acts...perhaps they will slow down or stop. Yes, guns are an issue, mental health is an issue...but I think this attention we give to these people has to stop. That would be more effective than just locking more doors at our schools. Knowing his name, seeing his face, knowing why...it will not stop this from happening again....but it MAY be inspiring the next sick, lost person looking to get revenge on the world.