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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 03:12 PM

I don't get all the resistance to putting a cop in schools [View all]

Not a rent-a-cop, or a puffed-up vigilante: a beat cop, assigned by the police department, and trained for special assignment. S/he's not there for drug enforcement, s/he's not there to stop bullying--s/he's there only for the worst case scenario. Some people have raised the objection that a shooter would just go after the cop first--well, at least that would buy time to get the other kids out of the building. And as for how one cop can keep watch over an entire school? Security cameras in the halls, cafeteria, and other large communal spaces, routed to the security desk, manned by the beat cop.

And speaking of the building--they obviously need better security. Common sense here, but you should NOT be able to gain entrance to a school by breaking in through a window as Adam Lanza apparently did. You do that and klaxons should be going off everywhere and everyone should immediately be going into a prepared and drilled evacuation mode. There should be multiple points of egress--every window should open enough for a person to escape through, and if there's more than one level, every window should have a fire escape--and, again, each and every one of these points of egress would be protected by a hair-trigger alarm if anyone tries to break in through them.

I also think a dress code would be a good idea, so no one can walk in decked out like Neo at the end of The Matrix. Coats should be removed immediately upon entering the building.

I know some of this might scream Big Brother to some of you, but why shouldn't schools receive the same kind of security as other government buildings? Especially since the kids are basically sent there and are required to be there. Those kids are supposed to be the most precious things in the world to us, right? So let's put our money where our mouths are and keep them safe. How to pay for it? I dare say this would be a perfect and appropriate use for the money in the Homeland Security slush fund.

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