The premier hopes to install video cameras at entrances.
Dalton McGuinty announced today that the province will be earmarking $10 million for security at elementary schools, in response to last week’s shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. At a press conference this morning, the premier called the idea “an appropriate and reasonable response,” according to the Star. The Canadian Press writes that McGuinty’s goal is “to equip all elementary schools by the start of classes next fall with video cameras to make entrances more secure.”
This new funding, according to the Sun, is an extension of the Safe Welcome Program, a $3-million initiative started by the province in 2005. It helped improve security at 850 elementary schools.
Is this reaction as “appropriate and reasonable” as McGuinty says it is, though? The Newtown shootings were a tragedy, but they happened in another country—and one with gun laws more relaxed than Canada’s, at that. There’s no question that something just as terrible could happen here, but so could any number of other types of awful things. It’s hard to believe that anybody wants or expects the province to react to every gruesome international headline with a $10 million cheque. It seems more likely that this is about optics for a guy (and a party) that doesn’t, at the moment, have the best reputation for fostering quality elementary education.
At any rate, some video cameras probably won’t hurt.