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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:21 PM

Imagine if we had a full time cop in every school...

Since the odds that any one school would have an armed intrusion is negligible, the officer on duty would have day after day with absolutely nothing to do. It would either be the world's worst job or the world's best, depending on how one copes with mind numbing boredom.

I imagine after a while the school's officer would begin to engage students, leading to potentially improper relationships or a line of apparently obtuse questioning about their parent's lifestyle. (Do your folks grow plants in the basement?)

Ask the kids if they want Barney Fife walking the halls, eying them up and down while patting his sidearm. After all, you're not going to get the best cops applying for that beat.

How about if we go back to the days of Funky Winkerbean and mount a machine gun on the hall monitor's desk? At least then the plotline would be funny.

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Reply Imagine if we had a full time cop in every school... (Original post)
JohnnyRingo Dec 2012 OP
MannyGoldstein Dec 2012 #1
JohnnyRingo Dec 2012 #4
thecrow Dec 2012 #2
gulliver Dec 2012 #3
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #5
LWolf Dec 2012 #6
JohnnyRingo Dec 2012 #8
warrior1 Dec 2012 #7
TrogL Dec 2012 #9
JohnnyRingo Dec 2012 #11
Nikia Dec 2012 #10

Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:36 PM

1. And when people with guns get bored, stuff happens:

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:09 PM

4. Once again, I think of Barney Fife...

...with his feet up on Andy's desk twirling his gun.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:40 PM

2. Next the republicans will be calling it a jobs program...

I think they're that batshit crazy.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:56 PM

3. It just shows how stupid Wayne LaPierre thinks his membership is.

And he's been right about that for a while.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:16 PM

5. Armed cops in schools? What could go wrong?

 

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:45 PM

6. Imagine if we had fully funded and staffed schools.

Imagine if we had universal, single-payer, not-for-profit health care that included full treatment for mental health.

Imagine if we invested as much time, energy, focus, and resources into social and economic justice as we did to war and the MIC.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:22 PM

8. I've been complaining about that for decades.

We had an institute here all my life until the '80s, when Reagan conservatives defunded it because they claimed "we have prisons for that". Unfortunately, that means a mentally ill person has to commit a crime before we can warehouse them.

Mental institutes are indeed expensive to run, but at least we know the residents can't get their hands on deadly ordinance or even anything sharp. Plus, with intensive care many can safely be returned to society.

Again, we have conservatives refusing to find solutions to problems they themselves created.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:47 PM

7. This guy never entered the school

On the morning of January 17, 1989, an anonymous person phoned the Stockton Police Department regarding a death threat against Cleveland Elementary School. At noon that day, Patrick Purdy, a disturbed drifter and former Stockton resident, began his attack by setting his Chevrolet van alight with a Molotov Cocktail after parking it behind the school, later causing the car to explode. He then moved to the school playground and began firing with his Type 56 Assault Rifle from behind a portable building. Purdy fired 106 rounds in three minutes killing five children and wounding thirty others including one teacher.
All of the fatally shot victims and many of the wounded were Cambodian and Vietnamese immigrants. Purdy then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. Purdy had carved the words "freedom", "victory", "Earthman", and "Hezbollah" on his rifle, and his flak jacket read "PLO", "Libya", and "death to the Great Satin" .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_School_massacre

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:37 PM

9. We have cops in school here

They do a lot of councelling and community outreach

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Response to TrogL (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:27 AM

11. We do here too

However, they aren't in the school all day. The "resource officer" spends an an hour or so connecting with the kids and move on to the next school in the district. Then they go out and set up a speed trap or something. They don't even do it on a daily basis.

It's likely the same where you live, as it's very expensive and impractical to maintain a $25/hour cop from bell to bell in each and every one of your local buildings. The classroom police would be the first thing to go in a school levy debate. People don't even want their property taxes to go to computers and vice principals.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:39 PM

10. They stop fights, vandalism, and drug dealing

To some extent. Even in our small town, a police officer is involved at incidences at the middle and high school at least a couple times per week. My sister's high school in a moderately large city had a police officer. He was generally friendly to the students when they weren't doing something that would cause them to get arrested.

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