My intent is NOT to defend anyone and I agree with most others that safety should come before athletics.<quoted text>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?
I just asked a legitimate question about where the other poster obtained the information that lets them KNOW an armed officer is the best course of action to take as opposed to any other. As a tax payer I want to know money spent on safety is spent on the most effective means possible and not just some feel good dog and pony show giving a false sense of security and ultimately proving ineffective. The question had little to do with the politics many are saying are involved and voicing concern over.
I'm not sure how armed security plays into child custody or child abuse, one is a civil matter and the other while appalling and criminal doesn't usually need a gun to be rectified.
As for the threatening parents and violent kids, and this is not meant to minimize that set of problems, lets not forget that this whole recent protect our kids campaign and having armed security on hand is due to kids going on killing sprees at schools and at least in part to the NRA making a very public suggestion about having armed security after the Sandyhook incident in response to the other side of the coin. You never heard much about it when it was only threatening parents and violent kids that didn't cause fatal or life threatening injuries.
Personally, I don't envy teachers in this day and age. I think they are some of the most underpaid and least recognized given the nature of the service they provide.