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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:58 AM

85. Not an advocate of the NRA.....

With that said there is a modicum of merit to having "Law Enforcement" in our schools. Let me explain before heads explode.... Here in Florida at all public Middle and High Schools there is an armed member of the county Sheriffs Office on staff. These individuals are what's refereed to as School Resource Officers more commonly called SRO's. Their job is to not only provide armed protection in these "gun free" zones, but they also serve as mediators in conflict resolution, they teach that violence is not the answer to any and all problems. They educate students on consequences of actions and promote critical thinking under duress. They identify and handle cases of abuse both at school and in the home. They handle repeat offenses of truancy and deter the possession and use of drugs in school and the community. This program was enacted in the early 1990's primarily to reduce gang violence and drug use and continues to be successful on many more levels than what it was originally designed for. These officers are highly trained not just as law enforcement but also as social worker, psychologist, mediator and confidant. These officers go through a very rigorous training program and only those with the right attitude and temperament are selected. These officers really do care about our kids and are upholding to the true meaning of 'Protecting and Serving our communities".

So... Yes there is merit to this idea. Unfortunately the NRA and others have chosen a "poor" way to "sell" the idea. We have to look at the bigger picture of how this can benefit our children and our communities and not just another WMD. These people are true professionals not rent-a-cops with an attitude.

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