BOE President Asks for Police Officers in Elementary Schools
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on December 27, 2012 @ 8:04PM
Created on December 27, 2012 @ 6:12PM
The shooting in Connecticut earlier this month has people up in arms about safety in the schools. What was always believed to be a safe haven now has the connotation that it may not be. There's been some changes nationally and some schools around here are looking at their policies to see what needs done.
Harrison County Board of Education President Mike Queen is asking Superintendent Susan Collins to look into placing police officers, or National Guardsmen, in all the elementary schools. Right now, Prevention Resource Officers are only in the high schools and select middle schools in the county.
While nationally the debates been brought up whether or not to allow teachers and principals to carry guns into the building, Queen thinks having trained personnel is the better decision. He said putting the Prevention Resource Officers in the elementary schools could be good idea because of the effect the PROs have had on all the high schools. He said they're in there daily and have put a dent in the drug and bullying problems. They're also known for building relationships between the students and the police departments.
"Building on that same success, why shouldn't we consider police officers, armed police officers or armed National Guardsmen, who are trained in that one on one combat, if you will, with a human being who's got a gun shooting back, why shouldn't we consider it?," suggests Queen.
Queen does still want to see a task force looking at the entrances of all 26 county schools and making sure they all have the best safety measurements.
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