High school security officer wants to...

High school security officer wants to be armed

There are 54 comments on the WHEC-TV Rochester, NY story from Feb 21, 2008, titled High school security officer wants to be armed. In it, WHEC-TV Rochester, NY reports that:

A senior security officer in a Monroe County high school believes he should carry a gun on the school campus, but a law says only active duty police officers can carry a gun in schools and on school property.

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Chilly Willie

United States

#1 Feb 21, 2008
ridiculous
Hello

Walworth, NY

#2 Feb 21, 2008
I love how he says he will not name the school... but then the reporter tells us it is one of the high schools in Greece.....
2nd Amendment

Victor, NY

#4 Feb 21, 2008
I'm with Dave on this one. The schools contain our most precious treasures, our children; and the bad guys with guns know that!
Jerry

Canandaigua, NY

#5 Feb 21, 2008
I say as long as he can put lead on target happy hunting!
Bob from Clarendon

Rochester, NY

#6 Feb 21, 2008
Absolutely school security should be be allowed to carry firearms - with proper training and certification. SUNY police now do. How many lives would have been saved at Columbine had armed security been present?
Teacher

United States

#7 Feb 21, 2008
Please,

While this gentleman has over 20 years experience as a sheriff most school security officers DON'T and a gun in their hands is MORE dangerous to students and staff than the outside chance of a gunman entering the building! I shudder to think of what might happen!

Since: Feb 08

Newark, NY

#8 Feb 21, 2008
NO GUNS EXCEPT POLICE THAT WAY WE SET AN EXSAMPLE TO THEM END OF STORY
2nd Amendment

Victor, NY

#9 Feb 21, 2008
While I understand your concern regarding untrained persons, perhaps Federal legislation allowing any active, retired, or reserve officer to register and be allowed to carry a concealed firearm anywhere, anytime (school campus, airplanes, interstate, etc.)? Anti-terrorism initiative?
Teacher wrote:
Please,
While this gentleman has over 20 years experience as a sheriff most school security officers DON'T and a gun in their hands is MORE dangerous to students and staff than the outside chance of a gunman entering the building! I shudder to think of what might happen!
jim

Rochester, NY

#10 Feb 21, 2008
The more guns around, the better. Even some students, with proper training and certification, could carry some. Teachers too. Concealed weapons can be both a deterrent AND a defense (you can fire back).
CONCERNED CITIZEN

Penn Yan, NY

#12 Feb 22, 2008
I say it's a good idea. We have NYS Troopers in 3 of our schools here in Wayne County. Just look at it this way...if he's NOT allowed to carry a weapon and something terrible happens (god forbid) and a student is killed by a gunman, you all know that the parents of that child will first put the blame on the school, then on the security officer and then there will be lawsuits flying around. Don't say it won't happen because we all know it will! So I say let him carry a weapon to prevent this from happening.
hmmm

Honeoye Falls, NY

#13 Feb 22, 2008
Anyone remember where that federal agent shot himself while showing off his gun in school?
BJs65

Rochester, NY

#14 Feb 22, 2008
CONCERNED CITIZEN wrote:
I say it's a good idea. We have NYS Troopers in 3 of our schools here in Wayne County. Just look at it this way...if he's NOT allowed to carry a weapon and something terrible happens (god forbid) and a student is killed by a gunman, you all know that the parents of that child will first put the blame on the school, then on the security officer and then there will be lawsuits flying around. Don't say it won't happen because we all know it will! So I say let him carry a weapon to prevent this from happening.


We do? What schools, may I ask? I don't have kids in school, so this is a big surprise to me!
Just me

United States

#15 Feb 22, 2008
Its the next level of protecting the kids. We continue to say we need more security, protect people, but we never want to offer up solutions. The truth is, those that want to cause harm know there's little resistance for the first few minutes before any armed officer enters the scene. How many lives can be taken in 2 minutes? Id say more than one is too many. Officers who work in schools are the same as working the streets. They should be given the tools necessary to preserve as much life as possible. Its on the way.. the government has to do something and soon.... If it takes armed officers in the school to protect... then so be it!
concerned

United States

#16 Feb 22, 2008
having licensed professsionals armed and working in our schools can only help.the events of the last several weeks involving university,public bldgs,and shopping malls should be enough to convince us that no place is immune from violence.the violent shooters are aware that they have a vulnerable populace to target.by arming our security personnel we could actually save lives.the old adage that it can never happen to me is gone and anyone anywhere anytime can become the victim of violence.
Chilly Willie

United States

#17 Feb 22, 2008
where they gonna pick these guards from ?? the next closing k-mart ?
Al Coholic

Rochester, NY

#18 Feb 22, 2008
Hey 'hmmmm' it was a DEA agent, he accidently shot himself in the foot, in the classroom. I guess he got in big trouble because he had shown his face - being DEA that's a no-no. It's on youtube:
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CONCERNED CITIZEN

Penn Yan, NY

#19 Feb 22, 2008
BJs65 wrote:
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We do? What schools, may I ask? I don't have kids in school, so this is a big surprise to me!
Well let's see there is a State Trooper in the Wayne Central School, the Sodus Central School (where I live) and Red Creek Central School. So I don't know where you live, but if you aren't aware of what is going on in your own area then I feel sorry for you as you are clueless and probably one of the first that will scream when nothing is/was done should something happen.
brian

Rochester, NY

#20 Feb 22, 2008
I agree 100% that security guards should have guns on them at all times. We go to stadiums with our children and see guns on the cops. Why is it different if you have a security officer at a school with a gun on his hip? No different! If it protects the kids then it should be the law.

“My POV”

Since: Feb 08

Rochester area

#21 Feb 22, 2008
In this county there are county deputies in some of the schools during designated hours, i.e. the start of the morning classes. I don't know if they are there to scan for contriband or what. My kids are grown and long out of school, so I was surprised by the security measures that my grand-children must now go through. Armed guards in the schools is a sign of the times and a portend of things to come. So sad, but remember that Amish school, not even a phone to call for help. Doing nothing doesn't work.
ODB

Rochester, NY

#22 Feb 22, 2008
Armed security in schools should be regulated to certified/retired law enforcement persons. Its a crazy world out here and protecting your children should be priority one. It would cost the schools more to get these type of skilled security, But can you put a price on your child?

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