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That's what they call cops who are tasked to a public school. The current guy, I'll call him Henry, is the third one in the six years I've been in the building. The first, a youngish woman, left after a year or so, and it's been do long I don't even remember why. The second, a youngish guy, left in a cloud of disgrace when an underclassman accused him of smooching with her after hours. I wouldn't be surprised if the accusations were true.

Anyway, about four years ago we got Henry. Henry is short and stout, middle-aged, and he's a cop's cop. I think he still does beat duty when he's not at the school -- at least he did when I shared a cafeteria shift with him a few years ago. He'd tell me about the criminals he would tackle in order to bring under arrest, and kids at the school would attest to his strength an speed. He's like 5'5" and maybe 180 pounds. He helps coach our ice hockey team, and even plays in an adult hockey league. He's probably 55 years old, maybe a bit more.
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I saw Henry up on the third floor today, where I teach. That was odd, because I only rarely see him out and about around the building, and it may have been the second time all year I've seen him in the nosebleed section. He was down the hall, and I didn't have a chance to say hi.

I like Henry, and I think he likes me. We come from really different worlds, the beat cop working the cushy gig and the would-be professor who had to settle for a high school job. In the cafeteria we discovered a common fondness for ice cream sandwiches -- the old school kind, with vanilla ice cream and those soggy chocolate wafer outsides -- and we both really care about the kids.

So a bit later I'm in the break room making myself some coffee and Henry comes in with another teacher. She's showing him the security procedures and pointing some concerns she has about them. I'm looking at Henry's belt.

The .45 I recognize, because he's always had that, and I knew the yellow plastic pistol on the other side was the taser he's been carrying for a couple years now. I asked if he had pepper spray, and he placed his hand on one of the pouches on the front of the belt. "Right here," he said, as he shook the pouch.

"If somebody tries anything here, you'll be able to take care of them, right?" I said to him, expecting a bit of braggadocio in return. Instead, a cloud crossed his face and he got real serious. "I'll do the best I can," he said.

And that scares the crap out of me.

Originally posted to litho on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:42 PM PST.

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  •  Why would that scare you ? (4+ / 0-)
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    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:54:55 PM PST

    •  It would bother me on a number of levels (33+ / 0-)

      First off is simply the fact that this is what we have come to.

      Armed cops in a High School, while I recognise the motive, is a sticking plaster on a compound fracture.

      One, middle-aged beat cop protecting a school does not fill me with a sense of security, merely remind me that we have a potentially dangerous situation, one that we have created with little idea how to solve, and the cop in the school is kabuki.

      Finally .... in the Diarists position, that cop is someone I might consider a friend ... and he is probably going to be the first one shot.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:10:40 PM PST

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      •  Also, Columbine--like the rest of the schools (18+ / 0-)

        in that school district--had a full-time police officer on duty. I think it's important to have them, and I'm content to pay any necessary tax increases to fund them, but they aren't a panacea.

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        by Red Sox on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 05:36:40 AM PST

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        •  Realistically, teenager years are the peak (5+ / 0-)
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          of misbehavior for the vast majority of all individuals who are going to misbehave.  I mean, sure, I guess there's hardened career criminals who just get worse and worse.  But I think MOST people if they're going to screw up, do so when they're young and feel invincible and think it's glamorous to live dangerously. If you survive those years, you have a decent chance of gaining a little maturity and growing the hell up.  

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 11:01:51 AM PST

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      •  twigg, he's best when not stationary (14+ / 0-)

        It's to his advantage not to be at a desk by a door, or in a 6x8 room facing the hallway.

        When doing protective details, we always had a few uniforms to let the buttheads know, "we're here".
        I hated that assignment, as you knew if the real feces flew, you were the first to wear lead, or have an incendiary or explosive tossed your way.
        The latter 2 really bothered me, as nothing I wore, other than the Motorola® was of any use.

        Deeper in the layers, I liked being plainclothes.  
        My favorite gig was to be a janitor.  ACME MAINT. CO.

        NOBODY pays attention to the janitor... you're like a fire extinguisher, unseen against the wall.  Sought-out when needed.

        So If I were to hire another cop, he or she would look like another staffer, not someone with a duty rig, and uniform.
        Having looked behind the curtain, I've always felt we're too accepting of no real security, while loving the $8/hr. "SECURITY" windbreaker-clad detail to pieces.

        That's the real Kabuki.  Good diary.

      •  armed cops (6+ / 0-)

        I had two armed cops on campus when i was in High school from 1988 to 1991 - they are not a new thing in many areas.

        As for his ability to do something - one never knows what you will really do when you are under ACTUAL fire, and that included those who are trained. If I was a shooter, I too would go first for the cop because I know he is the most likely one to stop me with his own gun. It's him being armed that makes him target number one.

    •  Henry is normally a pretty confident guy (11+ / 0-)

      and that cloud that crossed his face before he answered said "I don't know that I can.  In fact, I might even doubt I can."

      I'm reading body language here, but what I saw was a man contemplating his own mortality.

      And he's my last line of defense stopping a psycho with an assault rifle from testing the lock on my classroom door...

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      by litho on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 07:34:58 AM PST

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      •  I keep wondering what the percentages are (4+ / 0-)
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        that the one person covering a whole large school building would be at the right place at the right time.  What if the cop needs to go to the bathroom at the "wrong" time.  What if the cop was in the "nose bleed" section of the school at a time where his best position would be by the front entrance?  Which is probably the reason he is not up there very often.

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        by Amber6541 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 09:36:53 AM PST

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        •  And some of these nuts are into scheming (3+ / 0-)
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          and planning.  A planned diversion at one end of campus could easily be part of any attack, and something as simple as a smoke-bomb.  

          At this point I think we're very much into copy-cat crimes.  It's a social pathology but in a sick way it's a fashion.

          Schools could be constructed and run like Fort Knox, and determined assailants could still get in.  I know we need a multi-pronged approach, but living like we're ALL in armed camp doesn't strike me as particularly helpful.  Not that meaningful gun legislation or better mental health resources are so easy to get to either ...  it's hard to know where to start.

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 11:10:41 AM PST

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          •  copy cats are guaranteed by the news coverage (5+ / 0-)
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            Something that horrified me last Friday was the wall-to-wall coverage of the disaster. Every single news outlet was devoting its entire program or web site to Sandy Hook. Even DKos was dominated by SH-related diaries and comments. I wanted to scream at the national broadcast news station that extended its half-hour show to one hour, pretty much all concentrated on SH: "Do you WANT more tragedies like this???"

            Well, of course they do. If it bleeds it leads, and bleeding kids draw the most eyeballs of all. But this kind of coverage is guaranteed to trigger attention-hungry copy cats to commit even more horrendous crimes.

            Obviously I'm not advocating ignoring such events. But I wish that they could be covered as normal news stories, not as death porn entertainment.

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            by vulcangrrl on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 11:30:07 AM PST

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            •  Yeah, I was creeped out to find even NPR (1+ / 0-)
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              doing breathless wall-to-wall coverage.  

              "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

              by lgmcp on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 11:32:50 AM PST

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              •  Public Television however, didn't. (1+ / 0-)
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                They did have coverage, and then resumed programming.

                To me, it brought back having not heard from friends on the night of 9-11, the conjecture, rush to judgement, and MEDIA clamor for NOW!  Something, anything to continue our "wall-to-wall coverage".

                NOW SENATOR!  NOW what ARE we going to do in retaliation towards those who did this.
                It wasn't a question, it was a command.  
                A friend, later confirmed deceased, texted me that morning:  The Other Shoe, dropped.

                Together we'd peered into the hole left by the WTC bombing years before.  
                You know, the one where the DoJ "wiped the scourge of Arab Terrorism from our shores" by a handful of prosecutions.
                While we, as a nation, never addressed the root-cause of that Arab anger.

                That friend, by his text, informed me of his albeit conjecture - opinion.  Like the kid in the movie Poltergeist:

                "They're heeere"
                The media, the rush to war, the rush to legislation, it's all fresh and new again.  It b.l.o.w.s. chunks.

                I never lost sleep over incidents, over lives lost, over situations where we threw our best, our bodies and our safety at the situation, and sometimes tied, sometimes lost - and sometimes beat the son-of-a-bitch.
                I lost sleep over the media coverage of the drama surrounding 9-11-01.

                WRONG PATH yelled at the TV, worked as-well as calling/writing Congress.  
                Calls to the newsroom?  Entitled "dear FUCKtard"?
                If not 'quotable' in a "HELL YEAH WHATEVER IT TAKES" promptly forwarded to voicemail.
                Of an employee assigned to Jakarta for the next 18 months.

                Best thing?  Seeing that French film crew's documentary footage showing friends of mine, and a lot more guys I didn't know at all, doing what we do did.  Walk towards danger.
                Climb those stairs, knowing all that you hear from that building is "get the hell out now".
                As buildings talk, seldom for a long time.

                Litho, your friend showed the same look on his face as you'd see on my referenced documentary.
                Fight to get him a back-up person in the building, another cop, a firefighter, medic or investigator.  
                In my opinion, a school administrator would have divided duties, and be tasked to two very important jobs at the same time.

                lgmcp noted a smoke-bomb type diversion.  I'd send the other person to that, and have the Resource Officer(s) on-radio.

          •  Get rid of the guns that is the only way! (0+ / 0-)
          •  true, and more and more kids even, will turn them (1+ / 0-)
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            in.

            We had a kid threatening all sorts of things in Bartlesville, he is now in custody. The other kids he tried to draw into this thing, turned him in.

            SH Shooter was not a student, he was in his 20s. Someone might have been privy to something, but because he killed his mother and himself we might never learn what.

            •  I would think there has to be an internet trail (1+ / 0-)
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              though not of the Facebook variety.  He seems to have identified as a techie.  

              "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

              by lgmcp on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:56:23 AM PST

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              •  He thoroughly destroyed hard drives in computers (1+ / 0-)
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                covering that aspect of his tracks. Law Enforcement has been trying to recreate his internet searches.

                However, plenty of engines advertise that they don't track you, and for good reason.

                And just because he was a techie didn't mean he had to blog or be on FB. I hate FB, I don't have a twitter account, and I don't use my real name.

                Others pay extra for software that masks their IPs when online to boot.

                There are lots of ways to be online, but not leave tracks. If this guy was as smart as others are saying, and we know he has been planning this for a while, then there is no reason to believe that he hid his intentions from most people, if not all the people in his life.

      •  4 minutes (3+ / 0-)
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        That's how long it was between the time the Sandy Hook shooter shot through the door, and a 911 caller reported the shooting had stopped.  Henry probably knows all too well that 4 minutes is not long enough for him to arrive at the incident and prevent the carnage.  That's a tough spot for him to be in - hoping that he may be able prevent some injuries or deaths, but knowing he's not likely to prevent all.

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        by Domestic Elf on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:52:40 PM PST

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  •  We don't have a "resource officer". He's a fully (18+ / 0-)

    uniformed--and armed--police officer and he's referred to as such.

    Of course, where I teach, it's not so much some nutjob bringing a gun as it is one of the students--possibly in a gang related activity.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:55:21 PM PST

  •  When I was teaching in Houston, we had (15+ / 0-)

    this one officer, we'll call him "Officer Martinez". Now, the Houston Independent School District has its own police force. They have lots of different kinds of cops down in Texas, some of them redundant. You've got your school district cops, your university cops, your city cops, your county cops, your state troopers, your transit police,  and something called "constables" who's real job originally I believe was to serve warrants but they patrol with guns in their cars just like city cops. But I digress.

    We were big, urban middle school, but IIRC we only had one cop on at a time. I never liked the fact that Officer Martinez carried a gun, but I also understood that this was Texas. I, too, struck up a relationship with Officer Martinez because his office was right near my classroom. Martinez was a good guy, about my age at the time, and the kids loved him. He'd joke with them, but he was also firm. We never had a lockdown. We never had an incident. We never had a student's civil rights (or a teacher's) violated while I was there. We didn't have metal detectors. He really saw himself there for the kids' safety, and not to actively police them. He and his wife used to come to our choir concerts. Good people.

    I shudder to think what that middle school in Texas must look like today. I'd like to think Officer Rodriguez has moved on rather than to think that he would be a part of what is coming down the pike in public schools in places like Houston.

    Get your goddamned guns out of my church. This means you.

    by commonmass on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 08:02:36 PM PST

    •  Texas is odd (6+ / 0-)

      with the way its different police forces are structured.  I always felt safe at my university (SMU) because we had a large number of well equipped campus police officers (due to it being ritzy private school) and the surrounding area, Highland Park/University Park, had a well equipped police force and low crime (it being a ritzy area).  Then when GWB decided to retire to this area, we had Secret Service on and around campus, especially when W would walk his dog on the main quad (ugh, trying to go to class when they would shut down the main quad was a pain!).

  •  Exactly how I feel (6+ / 0-)

    I am a teacher too and resource officers are not the answer.  They can be a real asset to a school if they are similar to the gentleman you describe above, but they can also be almost entirely useless as well.  I don't think people understand the type of armed security that would be necessary to protect a school.  We would need the equivalent of air marshals.  We would need highly trained and experienced individuals who knew how to manage crises in tightly contained spaces and diffuse violent volatile situations.  These individuals would have to have the equivalent of navy seal type training, but in a new skill set around diffusing school shooting situations.  The entire program would have to be created before the people could even be trained.  This would cost a fortune and is not possible nor advisable because it STILL would not guarantee safety.  Guns in school is not the answer.  The last thing I want is some individual walking around my building with guns and minimal training in a typical law enforcement academy.  Nothing in that educational environment would prepare an individual for the unique challenges of a school shooting.  Like taking off our shoes at the airport, putting guns in schools would just create the illusion of security.        

    I take political action every day. I teach.

    by jbfunk on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:07:04 AM PST

  •   Back in the '70s When I was a Child... (5+ / 0-)

    my grandmother was one of the secretaries of our high school here in Small Town, Indiana. Oh, how I used to love to go visit her at work and walk through the halls with her on the slim chance of seeing some of our basketball players or better yet, meeting some of the teachers who were from the music and theatre department, lol During one of my visits we stopped to talk to Officer Mike, who spent his days at the high school patrolling the halls and grounds. He was always kind and was there even when I entered middle school. By the time I reached high school in the early 80s, I don't recall an all day presence of a LEO, but I know they patrolled pretty regularly.

    To this day, I am not quite sure why we had an armed officer on site. New Castle is a town a little smaller than Newtown, and we do have crime and like many communities a thriving drug culture, but our schools were always pretty peaceful. I suppose Officer Mike was there more to keep the kids in school, afraid to smoke cigs and dope on campus, and deter the rare fight in those days.

    I cannot imagine what it is like now. I know our elementary schools all have secure entrances and locked doors with surveillance cameras, but not sure how that is working since we pulled our daughter from the system (for reasons that were not religious) last year.

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    by ApatheticNoMore1966 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:14:11 AM PST

  •  Back in 1968 at Woodlawn Elementary (7+ / 0-)

    we had only Mr. Eberle, the janitor.  He was armed with a broom and controlled the incinerator which clouded the schoolyard every day with soot and smoke.

    The front, back, and side doors were all wide open all day.

    I threw a rock once at recess and had to go to the principal's office.  I never threw a rock at recess again.

    I did get into a fight once in 6th grade, and fell backwards into the mud.

    That was about the worst of it.

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    by Floyd Blue on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:16:21 AM PST

  •  Resource officers (14+ / 0-)

    really aren't there to protect the school from outsiders, they are there to interact with the kids and proactively prevent them from doing stupid kid stuff, at least at our schools.  They are more of a liaison.  The one my kids had in their high school was much loved and helped coach football.  He had a great sense of humor and was often seen joking with a group of kids.  Even the 'bad' kids had a relationship with him where they could talk easily. The one in the middle school wasn't as popular but all the kids knew him and were comfortable walking up to him to talk about just about anything.   The original idea was to present a face to the kids of law enforcement that was more human and less negative.  If kids are comfortable with the school resource officer, they are more likely to 1) report stuff 2) think twice about doing something bad at school.

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    by whoknu on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:22:32 AM PST

    •  Important point. (1+ / 0-)
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      For a lot of people who never interact with one, cops are like vultures -- not evil in themselves, but if you see one circling, you know it's bad news for somebody. You develop a reflex of staying away from them.

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 04:17:53 PM PST

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  •  I don't believe SRO's are good for schools (2+ / 0-)
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    Most of the programs I've encountered criminalize students.  All of the sudden things that would have been simple fights 20 years ago become aggravated assault charges.  They increase the tendency to refer kids, especially minority kids, to law enforcement agencies.  I'm ery doubtful that SRO's have positive impacts for kids.  

    Can they keep schools safe?  I don't know.  Most SRO's I've seen spend 90% of their time policing the students.  

    •  Henry is pretty careful about avoiding situations (3+ / 0-)
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      that would require him to arrest the students.

      Occasionally, it does happen.

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      by litho on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 07:31:18 AM PST

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    •  So much depends on the individual (1+ / 0-)
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      There ARE cops who care about young people and have a gift for working with them.  Hopefully the job is structured in ways to attract and retain those types of individuals.  That's when you get the liaiison and role model thing happening.  Without it, as can easily happen with an inexperienced, insecure, or aggressive officer, then all the potential negatives (and there are some) get realized.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 11:26:03 AM PST

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    •  Dee, there's kids - and parents (1+ / 0-)
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      for whom, "do not lay your hands upon another student, or faculty or staff member" is met with aggressive open defiance.

      YOU - WILL NOT address MY CHILD in that fashion. S/he will do whatever MY CHILD wants as I AM THE AUTHORITY.
      And then the parent assaults the staff member.

      I'd visualize Cartman from South Park if it wasn't so serious.

      That kid is going to end up dead some day, as "no" isn't acceptable.  There's no limit to his/her "yes, yes I can and you can't stop me."

  •  I can only speak from my own experience. Our (5+ / 0-)

    HS in suburban CT has  resource officer. It gives kids a chance to know the cops and at least one cop a chance to know the kids. I think its important. I don't view it at all as him being a "guard" at the school.

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    by CTMET on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 07:23:27 AM PST

  •  As a police officer, I can tell (6+ / 0-)

    you there are no guarantees. All any of us can do is our best to keep something bad from happening. Most shootings happen at almost lightning speed. It would require incredible luck for one officer covering a large campus being at the right place at the right time.

    Guns are never the principle in the commission of a crime, but they are usually an accomplice

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 09:22:38 AM PST

  •  Short of "hardening" the school building... (4+ / 0-)

    ...replacing all those glass windows and doors with brick, metal, or bulletproof glass, and having no outside activities, having one armed person to cover an entire school building does slightly better than nothing.
       While crossing any window or outdoor space, there is vulnerability to sniper fire or ambush.  There is the constant probability an attack could happen while that person is either across the building, or even outside of it.  The first thing the Virginia Tech shooter did was lock his victims in and security out.
       Even with a semi-auto pistol and spare clips, he could be easily out-gunned.
       And in a worst-case scenario, the officer could face a shooter who is barricaded in a secure location with victims, and the officer could have to decide between walking into an obvious trap or letting precious time pass that he will never forgive himself for.
       The officer, with just a handgun and a badge, could easily face some of the most advanced weapons, gear, and body armor created for close-quarters firefights, all in the hands of one or more adversaries who are probably determined to die that day.
      I'd feel a little clouded on my chances, too.

  •  Our high school also has a resource officer. (4+ / 0-)

    I've met with the current officer and his predecessor to help my daughter deal with a boy who can't quite take a hint that she's not interested.  Both officers took her complaints quite seriously and made sure she felt safe and secure.

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    by gnbhull on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 11:41:41 AM PST

  •  These people that think we can just arm the (2+ / 0-)
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    teachers and all will be good.  For starters this teacher will not arm himself.  I don't want to be anywhere near a gun.  Secondly even if I wanted to be armed would they give me an AR15, a weapon that can shoot 50-60, 100 rounds in a minute?  I doubt that very much.  So I get a pistol to go up against a nut with an AR 15.  Third point, so if I do have the gun it has to be locked in my desk, but I am in the back of the room helping s student when a shooter walks in the room.  

    The only answer is NO weapons of mass human destruction.

    •  I would be making the school covered you (0+ / 0-)

      legally, paid for extensive tactical training, and bought your gear--and I say that thinking its a dumb idea too.

      I doubt the idiot politicians who *THINK this is a good idea have ever had to be in any kind of armed altercation at all, and have no idea what it is they are asking for.

      Even if you had a gun and were pretty good with it on the range, would you be able to hit and only hit a shooter and none of the other students around in line of sight, or through the walls?

  •  That is the guy you want. (1+ / 0-)
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    He understands not only what is at stake here, but is realistic about the outcome and the risks.  He will probably do better than someone who blows their own horn about being tough and rambo-like. The later, often give up too easy when things go terribly wrong, because they don't think about what to do if things go bad.

    Hey may never speak to you about it, but I am sure he has either seen the aftermath of something gone wrong or even been at such an event. Maybe not a school, hopefully, but...

    Henry sounds like a good guy.

    I love those kinds of Ice cream sandwiches too.

    If that really scares you, you could always ask him politely, what you and the others could do, if something like a shooter were to enter the campus.

    Does you school have a drill of any sort? We prepare for fire-drills, why not this? It might take some of the anxiety out of the equation.

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      and in fact had one scheduled for this week, but the principal in her wisdom chose to postpone it.

      The kids at my school are actually more worried about the Maya apocalypse, but a lot of the teachers are feeling pretty sensitive.

      When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

      by litho on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:22:57 AM PST

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        their belief in the Mayan Apocalypse.

        I really despise apocalyptic narratives. I hated them when I had to go to church and I really hate those things now.

        There are so many more productive thoughts to entertain than anything that is spawned by THAT!

        I agree with what another poster wrote here. The kind of training one would need to be effective, would be expensive. But it sounds like this  person Henry is a big step in the right direction. He could probably use some back up.

        I see the suggestion that Teachers arm themselves as a Low Budget, overly simplistic answer to an expensive and complicated problem.

        The desire to slap the people who suggest it is almost more than I can bear.

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