Special education referrals and screenings for both learning disabilities and behavioral issues, with a national panel of experts to further develop both tests and treatments.
Continued efforts to develop anti-bullying programs that head off the repeat cycles of violence in subsequent years.
A national commitment to screening children from violence in toys, video games and films.
When special education services have not completed the task of alleviating deviant behavior, a bridge to social services after graduation to continue the treatment, again further developed by that national panel.
With the few potential perpetrators who go this far without satisfactory outcomes, an exit strategy to determine further legal system monitoring, medical facility placement or, in extreme cases, confinement.
A national debate on gun control, with all options on the table, to come up with a sensible, safe policy for individuals and society as a whole. It’s time.
As the president said in Newtown, “We can do better than this. We have to.”
Stuart Deane lives in Newburyport.