Police Officers Now at Every School in Arab

Jan 4, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WHNT-TV Huntsville

They made arrangements with the Arab Police Department to have an armed police officer at each of their four campuses from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every school day.

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Mommy

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Jan 6, 2013
 
I hate that this is even an issue but in light of the rare but traumatizing events in the last few decades, I'm glad it has happened. I hoped my child would never have to go to a school with armed guards and metal detectors, but it looks like America is moving that way. I worry everyday about my child stepping foot outside our home. I am 100% sure the staff at Arab Primary would give their lives to protect their students, including my son. I am very thankful that I have that confidence, and to them for giving it to me. The officers stationed there just puts one more barrier between my innocent child and the unfortunate realities of what America is slowly becoming.
Scotty

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Jan 7, 2013
 
I am Happy to see the Arab school system take this step to protect their kids. Maybe every school system will follow their lead. I wish teachers were trained and armed as well. This is a much better way to protect our kids than gun control!!!!
Arab

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Jan 7, 2013
 
This is great news.. But just wait the rest of the country will have a fit just like they did when the NRA suggested this for all schools. Glad to see Arab set the pace in this.
Mommy

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Jan 7, 2013
 
I don't think the rest of America will throw a fit. I think the majority will want to protect our children. If given the option of having an unarmed teacher against a gunman or an armed officer, I'm pretty sure the officer option will win the debate.
As far as arming teachers...I think it is more likely some horrible accident would happen with that many guns around the school. Especially middle and high school when a student or 2 could plan/instantly overpower a teacher a be armed in a few seconds. Angry, hormonal kids around guns does not seem like a good idea. Or maybe a small hyper child like mine would somehow gain access while the teacher is distracted. My child does have some issues and after a lot of therapy he now is fine but there are 7 other children in his class that still behave like that. I don't want any weapons in the classroom. It's just another responsibility the teacher would have to take on.
ThomasA

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Jan 9, 2013
 
In a situation where a student or group of students tried an asault,the policeman present would be the FIRST target taken out with a pistol by surprise. Kids today are not as dumb as we may believe and with their devious planning,after the office is neutralized, the gunman inside would only have to push the crossbar fire doors to let his buddies in for the rest of their plan. The "buzz in" front security doors would be of no help and it is a violation of fire codes to lock the other doors so having armed guards and security doors is just to make us FEEL safer but we really are not.
Smart-e-pants

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Jan 9, 2013
 
So glad there aren't any debbie downers. A bunker is also not safe because various gasses can be released into the ventilation system. The door could become blocked and never open again. The food could have been from a batch containing harmful bacteria. Gases could
Build up from a fault method of excrement disposal. This stuff is just to make us feel safer but we really are not.
ThomasA

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Jan 9, 2013
 
Smart-e-pants wrote:
So glad there aren't any debbie downers. A bunker is also not safe because various gasses can be released into the ventilation system. The door could become blocked and never open again. The food could have been from a batch containing harmful bacteria. Gases could
Build up from a fault method of excrement disposal. This stuff is just to make us feel safer but we really are not.
What are you smoking?
Smart-e-pants

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Jan 9, 2013
 
Not a thing. Just thought I would make the point that we are never completely safe from anything. But if you are planning a school shooting, and from the details that you posted about unnamed plan I have not yet ruled out this possibility, I am going to ask you not to go through with it. They are kids and the police are stationed there to keep you from following through. :)
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Jan 9, 2013
 
Smart-e-pants wrote:
Not a thing. Just thought I would make the point that we are never completely safe from anything. But if you are planning a school shooting, and from the details that you posted about unnamed plan I have not yet ruled out this possibility, I am going to ask you not to go through with it. They are kids and the police are stationed there to keep you from following through.:)
You have to be on something to think like that. If you actually read of the shootings that took place,even the one over in Madison,armed guards wouldn't have stopped what happened in the halls. Unless the teachers wear their guns on their bodies ready for a quick draw,they will be useless If they don't wear them,think of the possibility of two students getting in a fight and going for the teachers gun to settle the situation. If they are required to be locked up,how long would it take to fumble with a key to go into action? To secure the schools,there will have to be a tall fence surrounding the school with one gate with a guard all day. Then there will have to be double doors at the one entrance with metal dectectors and the push bar doors would have to be locked and bars placed over all ground floor windows. Phys Ed and marching band practice would have to be inside behind locked doors. Sounds far fetched but if parents want a secure school,these things may be in the near future.
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Jan 10, 2013
 
Thomas A, that's the dumbest thing ever. I hope
You never procreate. I feel sorry for kids that have jackass parents like you.
It is easy to just insult people and say their opinions are stupid and they must have their minds badly altered in someway. It is actually a pretty common argument among the dumb.
When you expect the worst out of people, that's what you get. The cop there is just an extra precaution. I'm glad they did it. Just because you think the world is a waste of time, doesn't mean the rest of us must agree. And I am completely drug free, single working mother.
To lock our kids away defeats the purpose of life and it will breed anxiety and fear.
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Jan 10, 2013
 
A plane could still fall on the building. Someone could go nuts on the inside and set off bombs they made in science class. Metal detectors do not catch all weapons and would do nothing is a fast moving viral infection broke out.
Please tell me how your plan is any safer Thomas A...
ThomasA

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Jan 11, 2013
 
Smart-e-pants wrote:
A plane could still fall on the building. Someone could go nuts on the inside and set off bombs they made in science class. Metal detectors do not catch all weapons and would do nothing is a fast moving viral infection broke out.
Please tell me how your plan is any safer Thomas A...
That's just it. There is NO way to make our schools,theaters or shopping areas any safer than we have them now. Kids from all walks of life have greater access to weapons today and the movies and video games they watch glorify aggressive behavior. The only thing that can be done is to try to spot potential people with mental problems or grudges and REMOVE them from the system for evaluation and help.
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Jan 11, 2013
 
That is a necessary step but most criminals are cowards and are less likely to act when facing opposition. Deterrence can be a powerful tool. It is very hard to measure since it keeps some people from acting. At least there is a direct line to emergency help if something happens and maybe it would help if some armed gunman just walked up into Arab Primanry but to disputes guns to trained teachers that have about 20 kids to keep track of is unrealistic. It puts guns in their presence at all times at school.
And I have no idea how ou test a plane for mental issues.
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Jan 11, 2013
 
Smart-e-pants wrote:
That is a necessary step but most criminals are cowards and are less likely to act when facing opposition. Deterrence can be a powerful tool. It is very hard to measure since it keeps some people from acting. At least there is a direct line to emergency help if something happens and maybe it would help if some armed gunman just walked up into Arab Primanry but to disputes guns to trained teachers that have about 20 kids to keep track of is unrealistic. It puts guns in their presence at all times at school.
And I have no idea how ou test a plane for mental issues.
Do you suggest them wearing a waist holster for a quicker draw? Maybe a bandolier could become a new fashion accessory. FACT: Kids + guns + chaotic enviroment = disaster waiting to happen.
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I really hope you don't have children. Those poor things. I'm suggesting no weapons at all at school except on police or security that only have one job not on teachers who have too much to do already. Did you even read that?
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I really hope you don't have children. Those poor things. I'm suggesting no weapons at all at school except on police or security that only have one job not on teachers who have too much to do already. Did you even read that?
I've got kids and grandkids. I don't see how having armed people in the schools will help security unless the whole place is locked down with one way in with metal detectors ALL day and one way out with a tall fence with razor wire. A policeman can't cover all doors and all floors so if someone started a situation,it could be over before the officer arrived. Would having an officer nearby prevented what Amy Bishop did at UAH or the young shooter at Madison? I don't think so.
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Jan 12, 2013
 
It might have if their presence was greater, teachers had to have a more complete psych eval and better background checks and students got more help than one counselor on campus. Kids go to school, not prison. They are taking steps to make it safer. THANK YOU APD and the school system.
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They won't unless The children are already headed to prison and need to be contained until then.
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Jan 13, 2013
 
Trioxide wrote:
They won't unless The children are already headed to prison and need to be contained until then.
The problems at the old school were the unlocked fire doors around the schools where students inside would hit the cross bar and let the rowdys in to cause fights and problems at any point around the building. These entry points are impossible to prevent entry. Controlling who is on campus with a fence and gates is a start.
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Jan 13, 2013
 
ThomasA wrote:
<quoted text>The problems at the old school were the unlocked fire doors around the schools where students inside would hit the cross bar and let the rowdys in to cause fights and problems at any point around the building. These entry points are impossible to prevent entry. Controlling who is on campus with a fence and gates is a start.
That's the problem with old people they don't want to change. They always have a reason why something won't work, just like on here Thomas always has some excuse why we can't do something or it won't work.. I say let them doit and when it works tell the old people to shut up.

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