Are You Comfortable With Police Presence in Schools?
With the Newtown, CT shooting still fresh on minds all over the world, schools are taking action to protect their employees and students. Schools in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan are one of the many schools taking immediate action to prevent any kind of situation happening at their schools by having police officers present.
Since the shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, there has been a huge boost in the idea of having armed guards in elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools; however, the idea isn’t going smoothly everywhere and some think that’s over the top. The Mt. Pleasant school district in Michigan has been pitched to by Mt. Pleasant police officers, stating that having the presence of police officers in schools as opposed to armed guards would enhance school safety.
Officer Tim Standen, who’s been working with schools for over 15 years, strongly believes that when police officers are present in schools regularly, they learn about the students, they learn what’s happening within the school.
Whether or not this could be a highly successful safety prevention method, is completely up to how successful the strategy will be in multiple schools.