As many of you know, a few days ago there was an incident at Terry High School in which a riot occurred and several students, along with one Rosenberg police officer, were hurt.

Rosenberg police did a phenomenal job in responding quickly and getting the situation under control.

The investigation into the incident and the overall response is still ongoing.

The Rosenberg Police chief and Lamar Consolidated ISD security personnel are in active dialogue over the incident and the subsequent investigation.

I think that a conversation on school security between the LCISD School Board and Rosenberg City Council is long overdue.

This conversation should happen in the open and not behind closed doors.

I am against having this important conversation in executive session.

Furthermore, this conversation shouldn’t happen without active input from the school board, all of whom you the people elected to administer the school system.

This is not the time to make political hay out of an unfortunate incident, but rather it is a time to collect all the facts and make an informed decision when it comes to the safety of our students.

Rushing to put it on agendas in executive session (where the public can’t hear the discussion) just to score political points is not a prudent way to proceed.

In order to make wise governing decisions it is incumbent upon those entrusted to lead to seek out all the facts first, as opposed to letting emotions cloud their judgment.

Public policy should be devised and implemented on the basis of wisdom and truth, not emotions and feelings.

Jacob Balderas

Rosenberg City Council

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