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Patch's Poll: Would You Pay More in Taxes to Have a Police Officer in Every School?

Some are calling for police protection in the wake of Newtown school shooting.

Many school districts — in Connecticut and across the country — have called on police departments this week to station officers at every school building after the mass shooting that left 20 schoolchildren and six staff members dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday.

But the measure is temporary. Most police departments don't regularly assign officers to every school, particularly elementary schools.

According to Wednesday's New York Times, about one-third of public schools "had armed security staff in the 2009-10 school year, the most recent year for which data are available." Most of those officers were stationed in high schools.

Some say the added protection would be worth the cost of paying for additional officers, while others say armed officers might scare young children and escalate the atmosphere of violence.

Would you pay more in taxes to have police officers in every school, every day?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Peter T. Cianelli December 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Cliff.... what do you suggest ?? maybe doing away with our 2nd Ammendment ?? maybe we can ban all cars because 32,000 people were killed last year in car accidents... why don't you come up with a suggestion ??
melinda tillie December 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Having Police in schools is only a bandade. How can i officer stop anyone carrying an assault weapon? Lets get rid of the assault weapons except for Military or Police. Who the hell really needs a weapon such as in Newtown, unless you are going to off many people.The multi clips should go also..
MrsSmithWatchingWashington December 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM
In addition, teachers and administrators, volunteers, secretaries, everyone working in schools should have to take a mandatory course that teaches them how to recognize behavior that may be signs of mental illness or instability. For instance, bipolarism usually shows up in teens and those in their early to mid twenties. It is often misdiagnosed as depression. The mood swings are horrible for children to try to handle without diagnosis, therapy and medication. Many times it results in suicide. So, we have to be thinking not just about how to physically protect our children, but how to mentally protect them, too.
bball fan December 20, 2012 at 09:29 PM
That would have done nothing in this case. Parents and family doctors need to be able to identify these things. And they did in this kids case. Making secretaries and volunteers take a course will mean nothing. Most troubled teens are obvious and school admin's are aware of them. Unfortunately, once they are 18, it takes a lot to get them help. I prefer the armed security in every school. Most of these shooters are cowards and will not even consider confronting anyone who may hurt them.
LORI VOGT December 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM
How about leave the guns out of school, and make sure our schools are more secure physically instead. LOCKING doors ( I can't tell you how many times I have entered a North Branford school and not a soul even looked up to see who walked in) should be mandatory. Exposed glass areas can be protected with metal grates, and they don't have to be ugly and look like jail bars. My husband's company makes beautiful metal protective grates, so I know. Buzz-in entry systems are an option also. The school's main office should have a direct view of the main entrance. Of course, metal detectors have always been an option also. School counselors need to have more training on bullying prevention and mental illness symptoms. There is alot we can do without guns or police presence.

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