SROs need to be in schools

SROs need to be in schools

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protect our kids

Lawrenceburg, TN

#1 Dec 18, 2012
I am a bit disturbed that we have had two sheriffs in a row who do not see the value of keeping an SRO in our schools during school hours. Unlike every surrounding county, Marshall County does not allow SROs to build up comp time for the summer. This means that if an SRO works a ball game, he must take away several hours of time in the school the next day to get caught up. Every other county lets SROs work ball games and remain in the schools for the whole school day, then they take off the comp time hours in the summer. Norman, please see to it that our children are receiving the protection they so vitally need and deserve! It is time that Marshall County stopped treating the SRO program like a stepchild. Newport proved that it is a vital service, possibly the most important one that a sheriff can provide.
momof2boys

United States

#2 Dec 18, 2012
I agree 100%. If its my duty as a parent to send my kids to school. Its the schools duty to keep them safe and if that mean SRO's in each school, then so be it. The county may have to quit wasting money on BS to pay for it and that will be where the opposition comes in.
protect our kids

Lawrenceburg, TN

#3 Dec 18, 2012
The way I understand it, this is just a case of the sheriff not wanting to budge on the comp time policy. It wouldn't cost any more to have the SROs at all ball games and in the schools every day, it would just require allowing the SROs to build up a pile of comp hours that would then be burned through once school is out. It seems like a no-brainer to me.

Also, I incorrectly called the town that was victimized Newport in my first post. It is actually Newtown.
really folks

Augusta, MI

#4 Dec 18, 2012
Even with the SRO's in our school our biggest concern is the students. Proof of this occured recently. Our students are just as afraid of one another as they are of a lunatic.
momof2boys

United States

#6 Dec 19, 2012
really folks....true. There are far too many parents more interested in continuing to act like teenager than in raising their children properly. I am not saying I am a perfect parent but I know what is going on with my kids, I don't party instead of being their parent, and I try to teach them proper morals. SO many kids in Lewisburg have uninterested parents and have never been taught any kind of respect. So take that, combine it with violence all around including TV, internet, video games, community violence, and throw in a house that has improperly stored guns and you have the perfect storm waiting to happen. Maybe the knowledge to these kids that a SRO is present would deter them from bringing anything to school or feeling the need to "protect themself." Maybe the kids would feel safer as well with an officer present. I can't imagine being a kid in school and not feeling safe. Worrying someone might come in and start shooting. How are our kids supposed to concentrate and get an education with that kind of thing to worry about. Security must be addressed in all the schools in Marshall County.
A better way

Lawrenceburg, TN

#7 Dec 19, 2012
We have the technology to make a better safe environment for all concerned. Most of these types of guns are either bought legally or owned legally. We should have tamper proof rfid chips installed on all guns. When one of these guns comes withing X number of feet of a no-gun zone, alerts can be issued and schools can be locked down. It is a good compromise.
really folks

Augusta, MI

#8 Dec 19, 2012
The situation with your idea, a better way, is that with Marshall county high and I am sure others too; is there is housing built so close. In order to not impose on those homes the distance would have to be mighty short. Say 300 ft is imposed, a person going into the school would not give enough time to go on lock down. There are ways to do what you are recommending like installing the "automatic fire doors" that can be electronically controlled. Sadly our financial situation will not allow this. I am like you....there has to be a better way.
A better way

Lawrenceburg, TN

#9 Dec 19, 2012
really folks wrote:
The situation with your idea, a better way, is that with Marshall county high and I am sure others too; is there is housing built so close. In order to not impose on those homes the distance would have to be mighty short. Say 300 ft is imposed, a person going into the school would not give enough time to go on lock down. There are ways to do what you are recommending like installing the "automatic fire doors" that can be electronically controlled. Sadly our financial situation will not allow this. I am like you....there has to be a better way.
Unfortunately since posting that I discovered that there are ways too easy that can defeat RFID chips. Even a simple cover can mask the signal. So, honestly, about the only way to protect schools short of having armed guards is building walls and having checkpoints. Gun control will not work, because there are just as many ways to make a mass killing when someone is determined. Vigilance, anti-bully programs and anonymous reporting by kids, is a must.
rowdi

Lewisburg, TN

#10 Dec 20, 2012
At the very least every school needs a designated person,teacher,coach someone trained to handle a weapon,who could retrieve the weapon from a hidden unknown location and maybe save a few lives, I know as a parent I would feel better about sending my child to school if this were the case.The only reason these nut jobs go to a school to hurt the most innocent is because they know they won't meet any resistence we could at least give them something to think about.
Founding Fathers

Nashville, TN

#11 Jan 29, 2013
Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither
Founding Father Benjamin Franklin

So now will America make their schools Armed Police Schools, where police can walk the halls, profile, search the children, teachers, and their cars?

Have lock downs like prisons do, where is Freedoms the forefathers knew?
Arm the teachers and teach the teachers to shoot will that save tax payer money and not make the schools like Prisons?
Bob is a moron

Lawrenceburg, TN

#12 Jan 29, 2013
So now you want to drag out old topics and spread some more of your lame BS? Too bad they wont put you on lock down.
taxes taxes taxes

Lewisburg, TN

#13 Jan 29, 2013
momof2boys wrote:
I agree 100%. If its my duty as a parent to send my kids to school. Its the schools duty to keep them safe and if that mean SRO's in each school, then so be it. The county may have to quit wasting money on BS to pay for it and that will be where the opposition comes in.
It was in the paper about a week or two ago that the COUNTY wants the City of Cornersville to pay for 1 SRO, the City of Chapel Hill to pay for 1 SRO, the City of Lewisburg to pay for 2 SRO's, and the county to pay for 1 SRO which would be a total of 5. The last time I checked it was the county's responsibility of provide for or children's education & safety while in school and that is why we pay county taxes, 5th highest in the state. Guess they want to do the same for the three cities here in Marshall County. The county commission has spent money so recklessly in the past that it has now caught up to them and they know they can not afford to pay for these SRO's without our county taxes going even higher. Did I mention Marshall County taxes are the 5th highest in the state. Schools are a county issue not the individual cities. That is why we pay county taxes.
Just Here

Joelton, TN

#14 Jan 29, 2013
taxes taxes taxes wrote:
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It was in the paper about a week or two ago that the COUNTY wants the City of Cornersville to pay for 1 SRO, the City of Chapel Hill to pay for 1 SRO, the City of Lewisburg to pay for 2 SRO's, and the county to pay for 1 SRO which would be a total of 5. The last time I checked it was the county's responsibility of provide for or children's education & safety while in school and that is why we pay county taxes, 5th highest in the state. Guess they want to do the same for the three cities here in Marshall County. The county commission has spent money so recklessly in the past that it has now caught up to them and they know they can not afford to pay for these SRO's without our county taxes going even higher. Did I mention Marshall County taxes are the 5th highest in the state. Schools are a county issue not the individual cities. That is why we pay county taxes.
Another expense tacked onto 3, yes 3 complete school systems, county and city government, and public service wages above the private sector.
No SROs in the schools

Columbia, TN

#15 Jan 29, 2013
Just Here wrote:
<quoted text>Another expense tacked onto 3, yes 3 complete school systems, county and city government, and public service wages above the private sector.
Just train and give the teachers a gun permit!
Right you are the County and city department heads wages better than private sector and benifits better than the private sector!
How many county employees have been hired with major health problems and now the taxpayers are paying for those health insurance?
How many drive county and city cars home, and how many are on greenbelt don't pay near the property taxes the rest of us do?
Just Here

Murfreesboro, TN

#16 Jan 29, 2013
No SROs in the schools wrote:
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Just train and give the teachers a gun permit!
Right you are the County and city department heads wages better than private sector and benifits better than the private sector!
How many county employees have been hired with major health problems and now the taxpayers are paying for those health insurance?
How many drive county and city cars home, and how many are on greenbelt don't pay near the property taxes the rest of us do?
Tax reduction:
1. One high school, Marshall County Central.
2. Metropolitan government.
Teachers as Deputies

Columbia, TN

#17 Jan 29, 2013
Just Here wrote:
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Tax reduction:
1. One high school, Marshall County Central.
2. Metropolitan government.
I agree Metropolitan Government!

Train and deputize one or two teachers in each school with gun permits, if they must have guns in the schools and it’s going to make people feel better!
Less costs and less becoming a police state armed Camp in the schools!
Great Ideas Save Money

Columbia, TN

#18 Jan 30, 2013
Could the County Hire, train, give gun permits, and deputize The School Janitors pay those a little more and use those to do traffic control in the school zones also?
Not too bright r u

Lawrenceburg, TN

#19 Jan 30, 2013
Teachers as Deputies wrote:
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I agree Metropolitan Government!
Train and deputize one or two teachers in each school with gun permits, if they must have guns in the schools and it’s going to make people feel better!
Less costs and less becoming a police state armed Camp in the schools!
The costs to build a new school that size would be astronomical. It would be cheaper and more cost effective to build a new security entrance for each school. All entries are funneled through the security, just like an airport. No unauthorized entries. This means NO entries except teachers/students/staff. All exits are alarmed and any opened would automatically lock down each room (except for exiting in case of fire). No need for police presence. Much cheaper in the long run instead of paying for a fat cop.
Hire More Spend More

Columbia, TN

#20 Jan 30, 2013
Not too bright r u wrote:
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The costs to build a new school that size would be astronomical. It would be cheaper and more cost effective to build a new security entrance for each school. All entries are funneled through the security, just like an airport. No unauthorized entries. This means NO entries except teachers/students/staff. All exits are alarmed and any opened would automatically lock down each room (except for exiting in case of fire). No need for police presence. Much cheaper in the long run instead of paying for a fat cop.
Who said anything about building a new school? But if they going protect the children at school and hire more SRO' police should the County put SRO's police on all the School Bus? Is there a hostage situation in Ala where someone is holding a 6 year old girl on a school bus?
Not too bright r u

Lawrenceburg, TN

#21 Jan 30, 2013
Hire More Spend More wrote:
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Who said anything about building a new school? But if they going protect the children at school and hire more SRO' police should the County put SRO's police on all the School Bus? Is there a hostage situation in Ala where someone is holding a 6 year old girl on a school bus?
Who said anything about building a new school? Here:
Just Here wrote:
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Tax reduction:
1. One high school, Marshall County Central.
2. Metropolitan government.
You cannot expect to put all those children in one little school building. They are still teaching in temporary buildings for crying out loud. As for the bus situation, there is only so much that can be done to protect them. Obviously, protecting buses is not practical. The best that can done is to have volunteer protection. Of course it would have to be overseen and regulated. What about bus stops... we can go on and on and on. The only other solution is no buses or mini drop off/collection points.

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