In today's Spokesman Review we have an article about arming District 81 Resource Officers by January 2014.
What better way to demonstrate the power of fear than to have armed resource officers within your public schools?
We're telling our children that school is a dangerous place that requires armed guards. Yet the presence of armed guards is no guarantee for preventing a mass shooting. The expense of such security to counter a highly unlikely threat is illogical and wasteful. And if this is a must, why aren't we protecting shopping malls, churches, and other locations where mass shootings have taken place?
Newtown triggered the recent changes, “but there have been other reasons for considering arming our resource officers,” said Jason Conley, the district’s safety, security and transportation director. “It’s those outside threats that are driving us to this next level of safety. In a criminal’s mind, a school resource officer would be the first target to eliminate to get into the school.”
What are these outside threats? What is their likelihood of happening?
The goal of arming the school resource officers, district officials say, “is to assist in better protecting the safety of students and staff … and provide a greater level of safety for the District’s School Resource Officers.”
We have to arm the resource officers for their own safety? How often have District 81 Resource Officers been in a school situation where they needed a firearm?