(Copyright 1999. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

May 31, 1999

--- Opinion ---

Lockdown drill is going too far

By Hila Yosafi
The Tattoo

Is Bristol Eastern High School going too far in our
"Lancer Lockdown" drills?  Students in Columbine
High, at least those who are still alive, would probably
tell us no.  

Those who died in the shootings would tell us no way. 
We have to do something.

But gathering everyone into a corner to make us easy
targets, or better yet,
having us all gather at Stafford Elementary School so
some lunatic could meet us there?  Suspending two
boys for joking?  What's next, clear book bags?

More school activities is a good attempt for those
social groups who are underrepresented.  But I don't
see minorities shooting down our nation's schools.

I think control should start from those who have the
most power to control. That's our government and our

I don't think the media and video game companies
should be sued. Even those few nuts who like to copy
what they see on television, the movies, the Internet,
or games could be controlled.

It's the parents and government who should teach us
right from wrong, reality from fantasy.

You see, even those nuts who are influenced by their
choice of entertainment simply could not have caused
the damage they had if they didn't have access to

Our government and our parents should set examples
for us. What are parents doing with handguns in the
first place?  What do they need them for?

The government is setting all the blame for this chaos
in our country on the media.  
It's the government who should activate stricter gun
control. It is already setting an example for us -- that
guns, bombs, and all destructive weapons are a part of
our lives.

What is our government doing to Yugoslavia right
now?  Why is it that homicide is killing more teens in
the United States than in any other country?

Do we have too much freedom?  Should our motto be
"live free and die?"