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SMAPAEA Jan 18, 9:27 a.m.
No new money falling out of the sky...unless you're a cabinet member..then you get a raise.
kermit60 Jan 18, 8:24 a.m.
1023productions Sounds like your trying to promote your job. Just where do you suppose we get the money to pay for these "teams" of security people. We can't even pay our teachers a decent salery. Of course if the shooter in Conn would have been Muslim, Obama would be spending billions on another government agency, the SS. School Security.
1023productions Jan 17, 8:46 p.m.
I have been an armed security officer for many years and have never had to draw my weapon. I have noticed that just the presents of an armed officer patroling makes a differance.. I am an avocate to increasing school security to protect the students, staff and visitors... Armed securty would be cost effective and would allow more police officers to be patroling the streets... I do agree with the SRO solution but everyschool should have a team of armed security depending on the size of the school just incase the SRO may not be on campus since they are paid by the city or county that they work for and not the school district..
superman Jan 17, 3:42 p.m.
If you really believe there should be an "armed" officer at the door. Just what salary do you think they should get being they are going to be the first target in case of a problem. Do you think the person is just going to walk up to the officer and introduce himeself and shake hands? The officer can be eliminated from a distance. School security is like gun control--just not much you can do.
btneast Jan 17, 12:28 p.m.
Defensive weapons would be located in protected, secret locations through out the building, known only to the specific teacher/staff members, the SRO and Principal. The weapons would stay securely locked unless and until needed.
How long do you think that secret would stay a secret? Not long at all.
btneast Jan 17, 12:26 p.m.
You cant lock the doors cause that is a fire safety violation.
Ummm, it would only be locked from the outside......but you are correct, just wait for the next person going out.
Mon Account Jan 17, 12:24 p.m.
"Put the bible and prayer back in school, Teach the 10 commandments...The sickness is in the liberals"-oleguy
Uhm, religion was never in public schools. That's the kind of stuff parents are supposed to teach their children, with the help of their religious community.
Seems like the modern proposal is to have teachers teach your kids religion, morals, and the 3 R's, all while being a psychologist and carrying a gun on their hip. Parent, priest, cop, professor and shrink. Wonder if they'd get paid the combines salaries? Pfft.
kermit60 Jan 17, 12:15 p.m.
So are we going to take money from roads, welfare, mental health, other education to pay for all this? Or is the lottery going to pay for this too.
superman Jan 17, 10:57 a.m.
An armed security guard would be the first target. Or even better an unarmed person walks into the school and sets off the fire alarm and in minutes-several hundred people will be standing outside. You cant lock the doors cause that is a fire safety violation. So you lock the door anyway, the person just stands outside the door and wait for someone to exit and then walk in. The important thing to remember is that no matter what you do--it probably wont help because the person would figure out a way. The person could stand outside and shoot thru windows. Think of the disaster it would be if 600 children and teachers were standing outside on open grass.
btneast Jan 17, 10:27 a.m.
This should be an innate trait of every police officer. Waiting for a team as the active shooter continues to take down victims is unacceptable.
No back up is a big no no and will get an officer killed. Don't necessarily have to wait for a team, but to go in alone to a gunfight is suicidal.
pinehorse Jan 17, 8:18 a.m.
Moose is loose: Officers are trained to make contact with an obvious threat but the contact team is protocol for entry due to officer safety/the fact that multiple agencies would respond/and the possibility of multiple shooters inside.
oleguy Jan 17, 6:58 a.m.
Put the bible and prayer back in school, Teach the 10 commandments...The sickness is in the liberals
dogluv3r Jan 16, 8:22 p.m.
I have a much cheaper, simple minded solution. Lock the doors! I was shocked when I moved down here and could walk into any school free and clear. It may seem pointless, but think about it. Think about how many more kids WOULD have been killed in Newtown if he hadn't needed to shoot out the front door. The sound of that gunfire put several teachers into immediate action, saving lives. djofraleigh it's the same concept with officers. How do we know those officers have not stopped a massacre? And that resource officer at Columbine saved lives. It may or may not prevent, but it will reduce the casualties, just like locking the front door.
djofraleigh Jan 16, 7:03 p.m.
The President himself did not recommend officers in the schools so why have them. There was one at Columbine. Wake high & middle schools have had them for years and I don't know of their stopping any massacres, but then, maybe their presence prevented someone from acting?
Moose is loose Jan 16, 6:57 p.m.
The attorney general is wrong in his policy of assembling officers to develop a contact team. In fact, and in practice, the very first officer to arrive must, MUST enter the school to seek out and terminate a murderous assault by an active shooter. This should be an innate trait of every police officer. Waiting for a team as the active shooter continues to take down victims is unacceptable.
lindaprime Jan 16, 6:53 p.m.
Hire Veterans. A win/win for everyone.
josephlawrence43 Jan 16, 6:49 p.m.
The best first line of defense comes from people that the students know and trust--not some unfamiliar uniform who comes storming up the walk. There are teachers, other staff members in each school who would qualify--former military veterans with combat experience--trained/ qualified in weapons and weapons use. Then military veterans (not combat experienced)-but still qualified in various types of weapons. Then other faculty members/staff members screened and interviewed before being asked to assume the responsibility. They would not be "strapped" every hour of every day. Defensive weapons would be located in protected, secret locations through out the building, known only to the specific teacher/staff members, the SRO and Principal. The weapons would stay securely locked unless and until needed. The theory being that, of all the individuals selected, at least one will be able to reach a defensive weapon and provide protection for the students.
1023productions Jan 16, 6:45 p.m.
How about the use of Armed Security Officers. This would be more cost effective and provide jobs in the state which would help with the unemployment rate. In SC security officers have arrest powers just like the police why cant we adopt that here.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03