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What happened in Chardon could happen here

March 3, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

I have lived in New Ulm since 1971, raised a family here and have found it a wonderful area to live in. Our three sons went K-12 to New Ulm Area Catholic Schools but know that New Ulm Public High and Minnesota Valley Luthern are well accomplished learning facilities as well. All of my sons had friends at the other high schools.

I graduated in 1966 from Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, where this week a troubled high school student went on a shooting rampage killing three students and wounding two others. According to news reports Chardon High School had participated in drills that prepared both students and staff for such an unlikely event. According to news reports, one teacher may have saved many lives by his actions in forcing the shooter to exit the school.

Chardon, Ohio is about one third the size of New Ulm, which poses to me the question, even though I don't have any children or grandchildren in the New Ulm area school systems, have our area schools prepared students and staff for such an event (God Forbid) happening here?

I may be wrong, but I think others in the community, especially parents with children in the school systems, may be interested in know this as well. Coincidentally, in 1963 Chardon High School was evacuated because of a bomb threat, just as was reported in today's Journal. Let's not fool ourselves in thinking that really bad events only happen some place else.

Eric Dulka

New Ulm



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