As Minnesota schools enhance security, how much is too much?

  • Article by: Paul Levy , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 2, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Some argue for armed guards while others say schools shouldn’t be turned into fortresses, and point to the costs of new safety measures.

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freedumb86Sep. 2, 1310:49 PM

We should spend as much as possible since the second amendment is extremely important for those fearing others.

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ificantucantSep. 2, 1310:57 PM

Please Arm Everyone Everywhere So All People Will Feel Safe From Being Shot From Anyone Else. Also, Please Make Sure You Arm Our Children So They Won't Feel Threatened By Any Adult. After Arming Everyone. OUTLAW ALL BULLETS OR SHELLS FOR ALL WEAPONS. Safe From The Insanity Finally.

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eljayeffSep. 2, 1311:22 PM

I have a thought for parents. If you use a government service you should be responsible for paying for that government service. Buses, guards, English second-language, multiple kids = multiple doses of funds FROM YOU.

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drsageSep. 3, 1312:45 AM

Every school should be protected. Common sense says that qualified, trained teachers should have access to guns....that would be the most practical, inexpensive way to provide protection. Otherwise there should be an armed guard roaming the halls, NOT a sleepy old guy sitting by the door providing a perfect first target. For those of you who disagree, I promise you would change your mind if YOUR kid was killed or even part of a school shooting. There are way too many nut cases who are playing violent games and are prone to violence. This wasn't true before this "electronic" brainwashing age.

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terandkarSep. 3, 13 1:05 AM

Minnesota does not have conceal and carry permits. Let's get this straight once and for all.

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minn12Sep. 3, 13 2:05 AM

Any security 'professional' who talks about making sure schools are 'inviting' and not 'hardening' schools too much is in the wrong line of work. Schools are not shopping malls to be made 'inviting', they are for kids to come to learn. And after several recent tragedies, the less 'inviting' and the 'harder' for anyone bent on doing harm, the better.

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swmnguySep. 3, 13 7:32 AM

There is no actual purpose for this. It's more security theatre. My son came home from the first day at school at Mpls. South, where he was greeted by the officer in the photo accompanying this story. His question was, "What's going on? Why are the cops all over the place?" When he was told everything was fine, he assumed that something was in fact going on, but that the students were being lied to.

He's clearly gotten the hang in living in today's America.

There are numerous common-sense measures we could take to get mentally ill people into treatment, and to ensure that insane people do not have access to arsenals of weapons and ammunition. However, there are well-connected interest groups that would prefer that instead, we squander huge amounts of scarce public resources paying specific people and empowering them far beyond the role they have ever played in a free American society. We need to look at the actual statistical danger of the fears we are being sold. And we need to follow the money. This is a highly profitable and expensive solution in search of a problem, and the side-effects are worse than the benefits.

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darkcircleSep. 3, 13 7:54 AM

It's pure idiocy to expect every child under the age of 18 to be a responsible gun owner. Anyone with any knowledge of school knows that there are physical fights every day. And in every case a child's life is in danger and a gun will be used to kill, not to neutralize a fight. They will pull out that firearm with no hesitation. Conservatives are going down a path of creating an army of kids. Imagine the kind of world they want to live in. They want everyone in calculus to have a glock and expect them to focus on education while they have a firearm poking at their side. If you start arming every child you will see the darkest devastation to Minnesota schools in Minnesota's history.

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jimmyjames76Sep. 3, 13 8:01 AM

"I have a thought for parents. If you use a government service you should be responsible for paying for that government service. Buses, guards, English second-language, multiple kids = multiple doses of funds FROM YOU."..........You and millions of others received your public education for free, but now that you're done everyone else has to pay for it themselves? It's only a handout when it's for someone else, right? An educated society is good for all of society, and yes it's a burden to pay taxes, but someone did it for you.

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grumpy42Sep. 3, 13 8:34 AM

terandkar- I have a carry permit in my wallet now issued from the State of Mn. However you do not have to conceal.

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