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Law, family seek solutions

Who is responsible for safe schools?

Everyone, said Paul Huard of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

Paul and his wife, Lisa Huard, a Lake Tahoe Unified School District employee, met with more than 70 parents, teachers, school administrators and community members on Thursday night at Meyers Elementary School to discuss this very topic.

“School safety is not just the responsibility of the schools,” said Lisa Huard. “It’s a partnership between the schools, law enforcement, parents, students and the community at large.

The Huards said that local law enforcement agencies and schools are doing their part in providing a safe environment in the schools through safety plans, zero-tolerance policies with drugs and weapons and providing school activities and special programs for students with individual needs.

But parents have to play their role, too.

“Being a parent is not easy,” she said. “But it’s the most important job you have.”

She said that there are strategies that parents can use to address these problems. One of the most important things is to separate the child from the behavior.

“You want to let him know that you still like him, it’s just his behavior that you don’t like,” Paul Huard said.

He also said that parents must talk to their children, lock away guns that are in the house, set boundaries and guidelines and inspect their rooms and cars.

Some parents participating in the audience agreed.

“What they’re talking about isn’t new but it’s surprising how many people don’t heed their advice,” said Bernadette Santana, a mother of four daughters. “It’s good to be a meddlesome parent.”

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