Dayton eyes low-key way to protect school kids

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2013 - 6:02 PM

A small government unit aimed at helping schools avoid violence disappeared when federal funds ended, but would be given new life in Gov. Dayton's budget proposal.

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jarlmnJan. 26, 13 5:39 PM

"Grim but necessary" is the key concept here. Like it or not, our schools have become targets-of-choice for crazies, malcontents and terrorists. It is ridiculous for us to, at the expense of our children's safety, wistfully pine for the supposed idyllic days of yesterday's schools. Those days are gone. Deal with it! Kudos for Gov. Dayton's unsentimental pragmatism on this issue. But I'll hope Dayton is also astute enough to not buy-into the impotent, feel-good gun ban voodoo-hoodoo magic-pill favored by some of his DFL colleagues.

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itzmemanJan. 26, 1310:19 PM

This is a good strategy!

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comment229Jan. 27, 13 4:31 AM

What strategy? And why do you need five people to study the problem? Everything you need to know about how vulnerable most of our schools are today, happened at Sandy Hook. You don't need to study it anymore or talk about it, or have a mandated workshop every year to reinforce policies that border on ridiculous. The current plan for a lock down is to close the class room door, shut off the lights and have the kids huddle in a corner out of view. Essentially, it is much the same as the 60's policy of getting under your desk in case of the flash of a nuclear bomb. What strategy! Learn from Sandy Hook! Figure out what the gunman did to get in the building. I know, do you? Figure out what that principal wanted to do instead of walking up to confront him. Figure out what every single classroom teacher in America would want to do the minute he/she knew there was a serious problem. This is not rocket science. After you determine how Lanza got in the building, change it, but if you mandate it, provide the funding for it too. Then figure out what every teacher would want to do instead of huddling in the corner and hoping the shooter doesn't choose his/her classroom. Ironic isn't it, that we protect our apartment buildings with more security barriers than our schools?

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comment229Jan. 27, 13 4:36 AM

PS... Armed guards in our schools? The Columbine shooters and Lanza must have been insane, but they were not idiots. The Columbine shooters planned it all. Lanza, as far as we know, not so much, but when that principal approached him, unarmed, she had no chance. If a security guard was there, guess who the first target would be? Every teacher needs to be able to create a safe room, and that is the answer. If the guard is on the other side of the building, how many kids/teachers have to die before he arrives? Close your eyes for one minute and put yourself in place of a teacher, presenting a lesson in a classroom of 30 kids, and a shot rings out. What is the first thing you would want to do? THAT is the answer.

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comment229Jan. 27, 13 4:38 AM

Finally, if you want to see school security today, I dare you to pick any rural school in Minnesota and on Monday, mid morning, see how far you can walk through that building without being challenged.

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jackpinesavJan. 27, 13 7:55 AM

Retired from 35 years in criminal justice business. I remember when school safety officers visited all schools on regular basis. Student view of officers was so different because of that; positive and approachable. Past 20 years of "easy budget cuts, just do not replace retirees, resulted in decimation of that program, and loss of local contact for kids with cops.Reason you do not see troopers more often is that there are only 2/3 of the recommended number left. Sound, low cost idea by the guv and I strongly believe it will help.

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yoymrdoeJan. 27, 13 9:33 AM

Recommend cutting the rates of growth of wages and benefits of teachers and administrators and directing that revenue to armed guards at schools. After all the Presidents children get armed guards, shouldn't our children.

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obamafone4meJan. 27, 1310:09 AM

"Like it or not, our schools have become targets-of-choice for crazies, malcontents and terrorists." How many schools are there in the USA? How many incidents of violence have there been. Your over-reaction is as frightening as the very rare acts of violence that have been committed on school grounds.

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maxxwellJan. 27, 1310:38 AM

I believe allowing those teachers willing to take the training and the responsibilty to conceal carry needs to be on the table as well. The Governor has armed guards with him whereever he goes and it makes sense. It makes just as much sense to protect our kids the same way. If those teachers who stood up to the crazy in Connecticut had been armed the story might very well have ended at the front door he shot his way through.

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jjsbrwJan. 27, 1311:02 AM

maxxwellJan. 27, 1310:38 AMI believe allowing those teachers willing to take the training and the responsibilty to conceal carry needs to be on the table as well. ----------------------- as a parent, do I have the right to know which of my child's teachers is carrying a weapon? Do have the right to insist on a different teacher if do or don't agree with the policy?

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