Good points. This is a "ridiculous conversation" only for those who feel 100% confident and secure with security cameras, door buzzers, and front desk receptionist check-in stations. There are many out there who agree with the following point. I want people in the schools who will physically defend the lives of the schools occupants in case of an attack. Again, if a given district's taxpayers are willing to fork out the needed capital to assign at least one resource officer per each school building, that's great. But for many districts this is fiscally unrealistic.<quoted text>
I appreciate and respect your comments on this , but with all due respect why is this a ridiculous conversation to be having? The reality of today is that there are shooters entering schools. Blinding kids to that reality borders on teacher/school system malpractice. Sure, teach a better way (whatever that is), but I wonder if Plato ever has someone come in to his classroom intent on killing every last person in that room.
The concept of your plan is reasonable. Everyone wants a safe environment for their child. What I did not see on your site (maybe I missed it) was HOW they are to be kept safe. Note that many school shootings, knifings, etc. that we are witness to these days are happening in schools where there were multiple guards on duty, metal detectors, locked doors, etc. Safety is a nice concept, but what is the last line of defense when all else fails? And it has failed.
Just for a second let's think about past school gun attacks. A high number of them end of with the shooter or shooters committing suicide. It's logical that a suicidal person will attempt to attack either randomly or at specific persons in a last ditch effort to cover the pain they feel. When someone in this state of mind lashes out, most assuredly they lash out in a mental haze. They probably won't follow the rules, and if they survive they probably won't remember much.
At Sandyhook Elementary, Adam Lanzo didn't use the security buzzer system. Lanzo blasted his way through the glass and immediately started killing people. The Va Tech shooting happened largely out in the open air, which brings up a very valid question: other than closing and locking bus gates, how can a district defend against an armed attacker that walks onto a school playground from an adjacent property? Our schools need to think outside the box when it comes to protecting our most important investment. The best way to protect our collective investment...our schools... is to arm the people who can collectively and/or individually think outside of the box at a moment's notice. And even more importantly, to be able to act as not only deterrant but also as defender during the longest first seconds of an attack.