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WAshington Co TN School Resource Officers

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pissed parent

Johnson City, TN

#1 Mar 15, 2013
Just read JC press online only to find out Washngton County Mayor, County Commissioner Larkey and County Commission Budget Committee want to do safety assessment on schools instead of funding officers for scools. Sounds like propaganda to get out o protectig our schools and I bet is a buddy doing study. Bet if it were hiring athletic directors our lanky Larkey and budget committee would do it without thinking. Good news if I read article correctly the WC school board has to vote on study before it can be done. Call them and tell them not to waste tax dollars.
Parents want police in schools. At least the other 2 commissioners who represent me want our schools safe. Thanks Commissioner Mike Ford and Roger Nave. VOTE Larkey out-we dont need a gumball vendor making seriouse decisions.
Another Pissed Parent

Johnson City, TN

#2 Mar 16, 2013
Larkey and Mabes Machines. I would call them kiddie RIP OFF machines. I will not let my kids near their gambling gadgets. Safety of our children should come first in our county. I will not be voting for Larkey. Nave and Ford have proven themselves. Stop the waste of tax dollars in the county.
Pissed Grandparent

Elizabethton, TN

#3 Mar 16, 2013
I have heard that the Larkey/Mabe Athletic Mafia are pressuring county commissioners to give them the money that was to be used for SRO officers in every school, so they can build a 2 million dollar athletic training facility at Boone!!!I am amazed at the arrogance of these two who were elected to represent the majority, but instead only cater to their own obsessions!! Let's see: a trained officer in every school protecting our children or a 2 million dollar athletic training facility? Which would most people choose?
truth

United States

#4 Mar 16, 2013
Pissed Grandparent wrote:
I have heard that the Larkey/Mabe Athletic Mafia are pressuring county commissioners to give them the money that was to be used for SRO officers in every school, so they can build a 2 million dollar athletic training facility at Boone!!!I am amazed at the arrogance of these two who were elected to represent the majority, but instead only cater to their own obsessions!! Let's see: a trained officer in every school protecting our children or a 2 million dollar athletic training facility? Which would most people choose?
We all know Hammond and Brinkley are behind new athletic building
half truth

Elizabethton, TN

#5 Mar 16, 2013
Mabe- You betcha, Brinkley- Possibly, Hammond- No way!!! Call Brinkley and let us know where he stands on the athletic facility. Hammond is more supportive of safety officers, but thanks for playing!
Disagree

Johnson City, TN

#6 Mar 16, 2013
truth wrote:
<quoted text>We all know Hammond and Brinkley are behind new athletic building
No, that's Mabes mission and his cronnie Larkey. Student and staff safety are not that important to them.
full truth

Johnson City, TN

#7 Mar 17, 2013
half truth wrote:
Mabe- You betcha, Brinkley- Possibly, Hammond- No way!!! Call Brinkley and let us know where he stands on the athletic facility. Hammond is more supportive of safety officers, but thanks for playing!
Hammond is relentless. School policy should be his focus. Safety officers and bible clubs and new buildings is all he cares about. If he really wants to do something he should be trying along with rest of board to make serious changes at Daniel Boone High School. We have churches and we have a police dept. and we have new schools and athletic facilities. What we need is a better high school that takes academic seriously.
Changes Are Needed

Elizabethton, TN

#8 Mar 17, 2013
I agree about changes needed in leadership at Boone. What we don't need is a state of the art 2 million dollar athletic facility. That's Mabe's baby and I don't know about Brinkley. If Hammond is pushing for safety that's a good thing! I doubt the Washington Co. Police Dept. have enough funding to put a trained officer in every school!
in the know

Johnson City, TN

#9 Mar 17, 2013
full truth wrote:
<quoted text>Hammond is relentless. School policy should be his focus. Safety officers and bible clubs and new buildings is all he cares about. If he really wants to do something he should be trying along with rest of board to make serious changes at Daniel Boone High School. We have churches and we have a police dept. and we have new schools and athletic facilities. What we need is a better high school that takes academic seriously.
Hammond is trying to make our public schools much like private christian schools. If he has problems with public schools maybe he should not be on public board of education. I will say he seems to be the real deal. There are many who profess to have morals who turn their heads on evil and yes Boone needs changes. Maybe Hammond could push Bible clubs on Boone staff. Just saying...
Gray Voter

Abingdon, VA

#10 Mar 19, 2013
What is Brinkley's and McLain's stand on SROs and new athletic buildings. My children's safety should come first. They don't play sports. I know that Mabe is pushing for new athletic buildings over SROs.
No Brainer

Abingdon, VA

#11 Mar 19, 2013
full truth wrote:
<quoted text>Hammond is relentless. School policy should be his focus. Safety officers and bible clubs and new buildings is all he cares about. If he really wants to do something he should be trying along with rest of board to make serious changes at Daniel Boone High School. We have churches and we have a police dept. and we have new schools and athletic facilities. What we need is a better high school that takes academic seriously.
Agree with you, Full Truth.
pioneer blazer

Johnson City, TN

#12 Mar 19, 2013
Gray Voter wrote:
What is Brinkley's and McLain's stand on SROs and new athletic buildings. My children's safety should come first. They don't play sports. I know that Mabe is pushing for new athletic buildings over SROs.
McLain is with Mabe and they might be against SRO.
not all

Johnson City, TN

#13 Mar 26, 2013
in the know wrote:
<quoted text>Hammond is trying to make our public schools much like private christian schools. If he has problems with public schools maybe he should not be on public board of education. I will say he seems to be the real deal. There are many who profess to have morals who turn their heads on evil and yes Boone needs changes. Maybe Hammond could push Bible clubs on Boone staff. Just saying...
Not all share same beliefs. I hope he understands this as he pushes bible clubs down throats of schools. As far as Daniel Boone goes I agree that school should be focused on for many reasons.
fed up

Johnson City, TN

#14 Apr 28, 2013
In today's JC Press one of Mark Larkey's and Clarence Mabe's flunkies had a letter in the mailbag with half truth and numbers just not so. Davenport refers to other systems athletic fields houses saying students at Boone deserve just as much. The fact is the systems he mentioned were raised by private funds and not taxpayers hard earned dollars. So my suggestion would be get off your lazy asses and raise the money like we did. And if you have to do a study to know police officers are needed in schools and will make schools safer I understand why Larkey, Mabe and Davenport can't figure out how to raise money. Athletics over education has been a given for Larkey and Mabe whatever the cost to taxpayers but never thought those 2 would stoop so low as to put athletics over safety.
Curious

Johnson City, TN

#15 Apr 28, 2013
fed up wrote:
...And if you have to do a study to know police officers are needed in schools and will make schools safer I understand why Larkey, Mabe and Davenport can't figure out how to raise money.
And how do you KNOW putting an officer at a school will make it safer?
How do you KNOW it's the best solution to a serious problem?
These aren't trick questions, I'd really like to know how it is you KNOW it will make the school safer. What do you base your knowledge on?
History has already proven several times that an armed officer is not a solid deterrent for a nutcase hellbent on a killing spree or a guarantee for zero loss of life?
Fed up too

Greeneville, TN

#16 Apr 28, 2013
fed up wrote:
In today's JC Press one of Mark Larkey's and Clarence Mabe's flunkies had a letter in the mailbag with half truth and numbers just not so. Davenport refers to other systems athletic fields houses saying students at Boone deserve just as much. The fact is the systems he mentioned were raised by private funds and not taxpayers hard earned dollars. So my suggestion would be get off your lazy asses and raise the money like we did. And if you have to do a study to know police officers are needed in schools and will make schools safer I understand why Larkey, Mabe and Davenport can't figure out how to raise money. Athletics over education has been a given for Larkey and Mabe whatever the cost to taxpayers but never thought those 2 would stoop so low as to put athletics over safety.
im also fed up with why Mabe and Larkey would think taxpayers would want to spend this kind of money on an athletic training facility. I would much rather money go for education or safety officers. Why can't this group raise their own money? I have to buy overpriced cookie dough and wrapping paper for my kids to have library books and supplies for their classrooms! Why should these parents think they're any better? They need this building in order to beat Sciene Hill and DB! Give me a break!!!
parent

Johnson City, TN

#17 Apr 28, 2013
Curious wrote:
<quoted text>
And how do you KNOW putting an officer at a school will make it safer?
How do you KNOW it's the best solution to a serious problem?
These aren't trick questions, I'd really like to know how it is you KNOW it will make the school safer. What do you base your knowledge on?
History has already proven several times that an armed officer is not a solid deterrent for a nutcase hellbent on a killing spree or a guarantee for zero loss of life?
No it is not fool proof but having an armed officer as opposed to not having one is only common sense. Officers are still needed to handle problems with students and problem parents. According to Homeland Security studies armed officers are just one necessary tool. I knew that without a study but for the dumb asses like yourself asking ignorant questions a study was still done.
Academics should be first

Jonesborough, TN

#18 Apr 28, 2013
fed up wrote:
In today's JC Press one of Mark Larkey's and Clarence Mabe's flunkies had a letter in the mailbag with half truth and numbers just not so. Davenport refers to other systems athletic fields houses saying students at Boone deserve just as much. The fact is the systems he mentioned were raised by private funds and not taxpayers hard earned dollars. So my suggestion would be get off your lazy asses and raise the money like we did. And if you have to do a study to know police officers are needed in schools and will make schools safer I understand why Larkey, Mabe and Davenport can't figure out how to raise money. Athletics over education has been a given for Larkey and Mabe whatever the cost to taxpayers but never thought those 2 would stoop so low as to put athletics over safety.
I can think of many more important uses for this money other than an athletic building. Some of the elementary schools are in pretty bad shape but Mabe and Larkey will always put their pet projects over anything else. Winning ballgames is the most important thing and they will never see it any other way. I wonder how Ron Dykes feels about athletics over academics?
Curious

Johnson City, TN

#19 Apr 28, 2013
Well, I'll agree putting sports over safety is a bad idea but like I said before history has proven many times an armed officer is no deterrent to a nutcase and no guarantee of safety and I'd sooner believe historical facts than the Dept. of Homeland Stupidity. I read another topic on a similar subject and a poster there made a good suggestion. Instead of putting guns in schools why not retrofit schools with bullet proof glass and reinforced doors so students and staff can just dive into a room and leave the shooters to wonder empty halls. That would certainly save lives without endangering an officer or possibly having a kid take his weapon to use. Why aren't you dumb-asses considering things like that?

For you "common sense" knee-jerk reactionists and overly dramatic fear mongers I hope you remember your ignorant rants when the time comes that it might be your kid shot dead by an officer or it's your kid that disarms an officer and uses his gun to kill other students or there's an "accidental" shooting on school grounds. Just remember the most likely perpetrator of a school shooting will be one of its own students (maybe your own kid) and accidental shootings/weapon discharges don't occur where guns aren't present.
employee

Johnson City, TN

#20 Apr 28, 2013
Curious wrote:
Well, I'll agree putting sports over safety is a bad idea but like I said before history has proven many times an armed officer is no deterrent to a nutcase and no guarantee of safety and I'd sooner believe historical facts than the Dept. of Homeland Stupidity. I read another topic on a similar subject and a poster there made a good suggestion. Instead of putting guns in schools why not retrofit schools with bullet proof glass and reinforced doors so students and staff can just dive into a room and leave the shooters to wonder empty halls. That would certainly save lives without endangering an officer or possibly having a kid take his weapon to use. Why aren't you dumb-asses considering things like that?
For you "common sense" knee-jerk reactionists and overly dramatic fear mongers I hope you remember your ignorant rants when the time comes that it might be your kid shot dead by an officer or it's your kid that disarms an officer and uses his gun to kill other students or there's an "accidental" shooting on school grounds. Just remember the most likely perpetrator of a school shooting will be one of its own students (maybe your own kid) and accidental shootings/weapon discharges don't occur where guns aren't present.
You just answered your own question. I agree bulletproof glass would be great. But as an employee we deal with threatening parents, child custody issues and children who are abused. There are also many kids with violent tendencies in our schools as young as kindergarten. If your county commissioner and school board member whom you are defending for the study of safety with a$100,000 price tag from a company owned by one of their buddies would talk to teachers and other school employees they would understand. The other issue is why pay thousands of dollars when the sheriffs dept. and other government agencies will do the study. Oh I forgot commissioner wants to throw buddy some business and Mabe has no children or grandchildren in system. Wonder which builder would benefit from new athletic buildings? Why did Science Hill and Elizabethton raise private funds but a handful of people want the taxpayers to foot the bill in Washington County?

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