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  • kermit60 Dec 18, 1:42 p.m.

    I think the school would be better served with a police present.

    Doing a little math, if you paid $10.00 an hour for 8 hours for five days a week, it would cost Cumberland County alone 124 thousand dollars a month just in salary for one cop in each school. 9 months of school = 1.1 million. That doesn't include training, insurance,retirement etc. Money from?

  • Bob3425 Dec 18, 12:08 p.m.

    I think the school would be better served with a police present. Teacher are there to teach, we don't need unsecure weapons in a school. Could the staff have a firearm in a lock safe yes, so long has the person are trained to use it. I think all school should have fences around them with control access, How this man who didn't work there; then got in with two pistol and AR-15 long gun show a security break down.

  • lasm Dec 18, 11:17 a.m.

    With more and more average citizens attending classes and obtaining concealed carry licenses; and with more and more average citizens owning guns and learning the correct way to use guns, why can't we monitor our schools with PARENTS and other volunteers to take turns (written schedules)that will NOT cost taxpayers, nor anyone else. If we care so much about the safety of our children, why can't we organize to protect them at school? I know that if I still had school-age children, I would volunteer my scheduled time (WITH my gun, that I am trained to use responsibly). In fact, even though I don't have school-aged children now, I would STILL volunteer. Retired people, grandparents, parents, concerned citizens, etc......it would not cost ANYTHING-except for each of these responsible people to purchase legally, pay for their own class to learn to use the weapon responsibly and/or attend and pass a concealed carry license class. Let's take back our community and schools!

  • josephlawrence43 Dec 18, 10:45 a.m.

    Gotta wonder about the leadershlp of our school systems and law enforcement agenies in response to this tragedy: More police officers at each school? State and local budgets simply can't support that; Tax increases in order to support more officers at the schools? In the curret environment, kinda doubt that as well. Telling teachers to lock their doors and turn out the lights?? Thats the extent to which teachers can go now--will anyone ever consider taking qualified teachers, give them police firearmes training, background checks, mental health screenings, and then give them access to defensive wezpons in each school? Take a teacher who is former military, give them the law enforcement training, place a given number of weapons at strategic locations around a school building in secure locations--the only individuals having access to those weapons would be the selected teachers, and administration members.Might not stop all the killings but would sure reduce the number of deaths.

  • Whatthehey Dec 18, 10:10 a.m.

    "Interim Superintendent Stephen Gainey told school board members that he wanted schools to remain in their routine and not take steps that would heighten student anxiety."

    Kids and parents are already scared, and become more alarmed when school leaders stick their head in the sand and appear clueless. No, perfect security is not possible, but confidence is increased when leaders acknowledge problems and enact reasonable steps. Middle & high school students have already been stressed, distracted, and frightened by the ongoing, daily violence, intimidation, vandalism, and arrests in our public schools, which school officials try to hide rather than confront as community problems. For example, no media reported the arson committed by 4 youth at the occupied Athens high school last week!

  • Lamborghini Mercy Dec 18, 9:39 a.m.

    renkengrl - What about are children in pods?

    I'd assume they'll have people outside of the building watching the entire perimeter.

  • renkengrl Dec 18, 8:14 a.m.

    What about are children in pods? We have several children around the area being placed in outdoor pods. No security, no locks, no way for teachers to see outside to look for incoming danger. My boys are in outside pods. I am very concerned for their safety. How are we going to protect all of these children?

  • kermit60 Dec 17, 1:36 p.m.

    I know more cops isn't the answer. The shooting in Conn was over before most cops knew it was happening.

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