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  •  Slightly OT, but maybe not. (3+ / 0-)
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    wasatch, mkor7, mamamedusa

    The K-6 school that both my children attended just got added to a list of NYS most dangerous schools. The list of dangers to me looked mundane: bullying, shoving, etc. The assault involving a "weapon" was a backpack that was swung at another student on a bus. No knives, no guns.

    Meanwhile the Ithaca city school board has decided to put an armed police officer in the high school. Why not the elementary or middle schools? Kneejerk reaction on the part of the school board, and parents of HS students are not comfortable with the idea at all.

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:56:15 AM PST

    •  far greater possibility of armed students in HS (2+ / 0-)
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      wasatch, riverlover

      even with strict laws against it.  While some Middle School students will carry knives and rarely guns, it is with the existence of gangs far more common among high schoolers.

      That said, a school resource officer might be armed, but if effective is seen less as an armed authority and more as an adult with no control over one's academics to whom one can turn.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:37:15 AM PST

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