It’s unsettling to know two students in Grant County threatened a school shooting this week.

The good news is that the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Madison-Grant United School Corporation administration took the appropriate actions to protect our local students. The quick response and subsequent criminal charges sends a clear message that all threats made to the safety of our community will be taken seriously, as they should be.

Superintendent Scott Deetz said administrators were not aware of the threat until after the bell rang Monday, but as soon as the anonymous tip came in, they sprang into action.

We all owe the utmost respect to the officials who diligently worked the case, but the real heroes of this week are the students who had the courage to tell their parents, teachers or authorities about the two student’s plans. Without them, the situation could have ended tragically.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the horrible threat became exposed when the students told friends that they planned to shoot up the school, warning them not to come to school on Dec. 3.

Had the students’ friends ignored the threats as a joke, our community might not have been so lucky. That’s why it is important that each parent in our county talk to their children about how threats of harm should never be taken lightly. Threats are not a joke, and threats of violence have no place in our community.

We should also make sure that we are keeping an open line of communication with our children. Proactive parenting can bring situations to light that might otherwise go undetected.

Proactive parenting also means ensuring all firearms in a home are kept under lock and key.

For the past 20 years, our students, teachers and parents have had to live with the reality of school shootings. The epidemic is plaguing our country.

Luckily, our community is taking school violence seriously, and the trainings have helped protect our children.

Thank you to all our first responders, students, teachers and parents for their bravery in protecting our schools.

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