Letters: Lives lost, school safety, and a response

Feb 21, 2018

17 precious, innocent lives


Today, it is with a sad heart that I am repeating my message to our beautiful community.

This type of violence must be stopped. We need to take individual and collective actions to stop such acts of senseless brutality and cruelty from happening.

What then can we do to prevent the evil of mass murderers?

Let us recognize that this genuine issue is impacting our families and our communities in America.

Let us arise now and respond to God's call.

Let us come together to address the problem of mass murderers.

We are nothing without each other; let's stay connected with each other.

Only when we are pro-active will we attain satisfaction.

During the town hall meeting that was held last week in Lynnwood with Senator Marko Liias and State Representatives Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson, I mentioned that in 2016 we lost three beautiful lives in Mukilteo and this year, 17 beautiful lives in Florida.

I also questioned them why it's taking so long to pass any gun control measures; what is the hold up?

I strongly proposed to our legislators that every school in every city should be taught a compulsory subject on human safety.


Riaz Khan



Response to past letter


The claim that “racism has dissolved since the 1960s, and we live in a different America” is absurdly disconnected from the realities of those who continue to live under the yoke of oppression, injustice and institutional racism.

School segregation is worse today than it was at the time of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

Implicit bias runs throughout our textbooks.

Little, if any, mention is made that George Washington had 300 enslaved human beings at the time of his death.

Christopher Columbus is presented as an honorable man who came to America to prove the earth was round (none of which are true).

In schools across America, children of color have been taunted and told “we are in power now. It is time for white America!”

A Diné (Navajo) lawmaker in Arizona was recently told by a group of white people at a “Make America Great Again” rally to get out of America and go back to where he came from. Oh, the irony.

When conducting diversity workshops, I have participants talk about their culture.

Consistently, white folks tell me that they do not have a cultural background, that they are “just American.”

This frame of reference can only be spoken by someone fully immersed in the privilege of being in the “default culture.”

To believe that this societal bias miraculously disappears inside the walls of a classroom is preposterous.

“Savage inequalities” (a term from Jonathon Kozol) still exist across the curriculum and those inequalities are self-perpetuating.

America is long overdue for coming to grips with those inequalities in all their forms. When we do so, America will become truly great, and we will have “liberty and justice for all.”


Craig D. Lewis, Ed.D



Thoughts on school safety


In wake of the recent school shooting in Florida I wanted to point out something in our own community that I think needs attention.

One day last year I visited Harbour Pointe Middle School in the middle of the day to drop off something for a friend of mine's daughter.

I don't have children that attend there yet, mine are younger.

So, I was astounded at the ease with which I parked my car, walked through the front door into the building and was stopped by no one.

There was one woman working in what I'm guessing is a front office but from where she was sitting, I don't think she could even see the front doors.

I finally had to wave at her, not her fault, as she was busy working.

It seems like a major oversight that we have not created more secure environments for our children to attend school.

And yes, I hate that we even have to consider such things but it seems this problem is not going away.

We need to respond somehow as innocent lives are at stake.

I realize it's probably an issue of budget or logistically complicated but surely someone can figure something out.

I personally would be OK paying a security deposit for my kids to attend school if it meant things would be safer.

I mean no disrespect to HPMS either in all this, and I'm not talking about only them, but all of the schools in our community to be safer.

I know our school administrators and staff work extremely hard and have tough jobs. Most office buildings in the United States seem to require a security badge to get into hospitals, nursing homes and airports. All of those have security, so why can't our schools?

I can't stand to sit idly by while innocent children and adults are being senselessly massacred.

Let's do something about this.

If we could save even one life by making our school buildings a little more secure in the Mukilteo School District, it would be extremely worthwhile.


Krista Sheehan


Comments (2)
Posted by: L LeBray | Feb 23, 2018 19:49

To Krista Sheehan, very good point.  Perhaps they need to do a little re-design so who ever enters and exits is in view.....or needs a "sign in" for all visitors during general non entry and exit times.

Posted by: L LeBray | Feb 23, 2018 19:51

And there are school volunteers at Crosswalks, maybe there can be volunteers manning and monitoring an enter/exit desk for non students.

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