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Agree, this is a mental health issue first that needs to be addressed with ensuring there's requisite attention and intervention . For too long our country has chosen to stick their heads in the sand until a something as catastrophic as Sandy Hook occurs. Even then,objects are banned vice dealing with root causes. As for the schools? I have a family member that attends West Pine MS, there is a uniformed police officer there (it's my understanding their responsibilities are for both the elementary and middle school). Tommy Davis' question of placing unarmed security personnel akin to mall security types, is not the answer. We already have this. The question is, should this become the standard? I believe so. Arming teachers (like the school in Texas - making it an "option" not mandatory) can be done, but unless they're getting active shooter training and are as proficient as law enforcement, it's something that I think is a last resort measure. As a 23 year veteran and firearms owner, I realize the heavy responsibility of using deadly force against an adversary. It cannot be taken lightly, nor given as a primary task to someone who has the responsibility to educate, mentor, and guide our children. What do we do? It starts with parents. We need to talk to our children and educate them on the courses of action they need to take if one of these catastrophic events occur in their school. Secondly, contact our legislators and emphasize the fact that our mental health system is on the backburner and it deserves more attention. Third, If your school already has an assigned police officer, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate their presence.
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