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Little Rock School District closes down discussion on school guards

Posted by Max Brantley on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM

TAKEN DOWN: LRSD Facebook post.
  • TAKEN DOWN: LRSD Facebook post.
Interesting. A reader told me last night about a new discussion on the Little Rock School District Facebook page about Superintendent Morris Holmes' proposal to put an armed security guard (not police officer) in every district school not already served by one of 18 armed police officers and to add 10 guards to the district's overall security force.

A vigorous discussion ensued, some of which is shown in screen shots here, before the post was removed. Wonder why.

Reactions spanned the spectrum —pro, con, concerns about cost, concerns about the caliber of person who'd be carrying a gun on a $23,000-a-year job.

It seems a slippery slope to me. Where does it end? Inevitably, events will prompt an escalating discussion. How many guns and guards are enough? Is a single guard with a handgun really enough to guard against the potential of an assault with a semi-automatic weapon equipped with a huge ammo magazine? Don't we need more guards and more powerful weapons?

I credit School Board member Greg Adams for broaching the sensitive questions in the face of understandable desires to do something, anything, in response to the Connecticut slaughter. He was quoted in the Democrat-Gazette:

“It concerns me that if we focus on something that is so unusual and so rare that we may take our eyes off of other areas,” he said, adding that students are more likely to die from suicide or drowning than from a school shooting.

Adams asked for research on the use of guards in elementary school settings.

My correspondent wondered:

I would be interested to know how many current employees would have to be fired, or how many programs would have to be cut, to pay for those new employees.

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Greg Adams has good sense. Too bad more elected officials aren't like him.

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Posted by Anne Bonney, Pirate on 01/18/2013 at 8:29 AM

Why not just allow Administration officials to have Bean Bag Shotguns in closet under lock and key? Newton had two adults rush the shooter with nothing, if they had two bean bag shotguns, he would have at least slowed down. He was facing away from the classroom door even.

I would definitely look at non-lethal forms of protection first, then drill the teachers on how to lock down and lock their classroom door.

As for security officers? Why not just have the local Police force station a police car next to each elementary between 7:30am - 9:30am? Most banks receive police drive bys every morning already looking for Ok signals. Why do we protect our banks more then our schools?

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Posted by Daniel Edwards on 01/18/2013 at 9:03 AM

cops from 7:30 to 9:30 would just move the shooters to 10.

The shooters are obviously deranged but can read a clock.

People, this will pass just as highway snipers surged then disipated.

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Posted by Citizen1 on 01/18/2013 at 10:17 AM

Meanwhile, this was happening:…

Posted by beerforbreakfast on 01/18/2013 at 11:14 AM

The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
WAKE UP AMERICA...Because when seconds count, the police are too many minutes away to help you!! Why carry a licensed concealed handgun? Because it's easier than carrying a police officer.

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Posted by Al Bacardi on 01/18/2013 at 6:24 PM

Al Bacardi- drunk at 6:40 a.m.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 01/19/2013 at 12:12 AM

And unthinkingly, uncritically, parrots cliches 24 / 7.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 01/20/2013 at 8:44 AM
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