BY CAROL ABAYA
Placing armed police or security guards in schools in foolhardy and leaves the Board of Education and town open to HUGE lawsuits if a shooting does occur. Also, police give students and parents a FALSE sense of security.
No one could have prevented or stopped the Sandy Hook incident, except Mrs. Lanza, who unfortunately was the “enabler.” And I wonder where was the father?
A mentally sick person with a gun will only find armed police even more of a challenge. Police are not a deterrent to a sick person! As a substitute teacher, I’ve walked the long halls of Marlboro High School many times. There are a least six outside doors and hundreds of ground floor classrooms. One or even two police cannot be at every entrance everyminute of the day.
The layout of every school, with multiple doors and hundreds of ground floor windows, presents too many “entry” points. Multiple entry points would have to be manned by multiple police-- if the supposed theory of security is listened to.
However, having armed guards in schools:
** can lead to huge lawsuits if a killer kills or injures anyone either inside the school or on the grounds. After all, the Board of Education and town officials have promised that the schools are fully secure. This is nonsense as no building is completely secure.
** gives students and parents a false sense of security. Actually, the first to be killed would be the guard.
** increase taxes for already strapped homeowners WITHOUT fulfilling total security.
Part of the solution is to change gun laws and ban assault rifles and multiple clip bullet holders. Also to have a checking up and waiting period for ALL gun sales, including those at shows and by private individuals.
Everyone one should be writing and calling their Congressmen and Senators to stop politicking and protect their people.
The other part is to increase mental health services so families who know a member is off balance can get appropriate help. And families should feel able to contact authorities, whether in the school or township.