LTE: Need Armed School Security Officers

Dear Editor:

The recent tragedy at a Connecticut school shooting points out the need for stronger security measures to help prevent or mitigate loss of life at our schools.

The emergency plans implemented at schools can minimize injuries and deaths, but cannot prevent them when confronted with determined shooters.  Buzzers, cameras, identification cards and sign-in books will not stop shooters from forcibly entering schools.

One security measure that could counter the actions of shooters is the presence of armed security officers in every school.  Granted, the killers might try to shoot the officers first, but the killers could be focused on shooting the students and teachers, and the officers could take out the shooters.

Another possibility would be to have trained administrators with weapons available to them in a locked and secure location.

Mentally competent people and non-felons may purchase weapons in accordance with the Second Amendment of our Constitution, which allows citizens to bear arms, and this right should continue.  However, should ordinary citizens, like the Newtown shooter, be allowed to purchase a bullet proof vest?  The purchase of bullet proof vests should be a huge tipoff on the purchaser planning a shooting.

We need armed school security officers.

Donald A. Moskowitz

Londonderry, NH

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2 thoughts on “LTE: Need Armed School Security Officers

  1. jwsmeemaw

    While I agree that there need to be stronger security measures at our schools, I don’t feel armed guards, or a police prescence is the answer either. Why? Because that doesn’t work! Columbine High School had an armed guard. Virginia Tech has their own police department. Fort Hood is a military base, with armed guards everywhere! As to arming teachers or administrative staff? Seriously? What school district has the money in their budgets for these kind of security measures? Any staff member would have to go through a complete gun safety and handling course, just like police officers do, in order to be effective. That costs money. Our police departments don’t have sufficient manpower to patrol the large township we live in, nor does the Borough have the man power to put an officer in every shcool. Hiring private security guards is out of the question as well; again,no funding available! And how would this presence effect our children? We do need reforms to prevent this type of even in the future, but they need to be reforms in our judicial system (i.e. longer prison terms, without parole for this type of offender, also, we need to reinstate and follow through on capitol punishment for those who do such horrific acts. And our mental health system needs a long overdue revamping! This is the 21st century. We live in the United States, not some third world country, with a weak justice system. Ninteenthe century Wild West type solutions to violence do not belong in a civilized society, as we claim to be. We need to teach our children that violence as an answer to violence is not the way tos olve problems.

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