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Resource officers must return

January 26, 2013

Editor, OBSERVER: The discussion surrounding the shooting in Connecticut and putting armed officers in the schools is a good idea. But let’s go one step further....

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Feb-02-13 12:58 PM

When disciplining a child became abuse, society began a downward spiral that has yet to reach bottom. Look around for God's sake!!

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Jan-28-13 7:38 PM

And dang it Smalltown, I may not agree with you on gun control but I really like your idea. The downside, as always, is who is going to pay for those people? In my mind that is a better person to have around schools than a guidance counselor. The one I had in school was actually discouraging with his advice for me. He listened to what I said I wanted to do and then told me there was no way for me to achieve that goal. I'm an engineer now but I wanted a different career track and that turkey had me not believing in myself enough that I just gave up on what I wanted to do. A person like the one you suggest would be an amazing asset in a school.

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Jan-28-13 7:32 PM

Marcia, I don't think local meant to abuse anyone but rather was making a point of the state stepping in for what was considered normal punishment in days gone by and charging parents with abuse. Being able to put a kid over the knee as a toddler and youth is much better than having them being a bully or drinking at thirteen and older. His approach seems a bit heavy handed but it worked for quite a number of years. Until Dr. Spock came along with his book. The good doctor lost his own son to suicide so I can't say he had a great handle on raising children. Or knew what he was talking about with his book. And I don't mean that to sound as cold as it does, but it's the truth. And the logic of the natural abilities of different people is hard to argue with, I don't think anyone should be abandoned, but a kid with an IQ of 80 shouldn't be pushed into classes so far out of their league as to invite depression.

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Jan-28-13 12:01 PM

Mr. Ruggerio is correct, I believe. SRO's should be put back in the school. In addition, they should be trained in the law enforcement stuff, but also we should go a step further and train them in counseling as well. They should wander those halls and get to know every kid in that school and who hangs with whom, who smokes what, whose parents are neglectful, who is a bully, who is an addict, alcoholic etc. etc. They can't know all, obviously, but they should have their pulse on the student body. Then, they can make a difference and have a positive impact. I was a high school English teacher for years and felt this was a viable position and I often thought I would love to do that. You're part-counselor, part-cop, and a total resource for the child.

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Jan-27-13 4:48 PM

Abusing children will do nothing to increase security in schools. And since most districts have several schools, are you willing to increase your taxes to cover several officers for each district? You all say guns aren't the problem, but the US has more guns per person and more killings. Plain and simple.

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Jan-26-13 10:56 PM

Actually, parents that are capable of smacking their kid upside the head when they act like a d-bag would help as much, if not more. Get over this idiotic notion of "everybody participates", and back to the reality that some people are better competitors at certain things than others and get over it. Why are you trying so hard to defeat evolution? The ones that earn the lead will take over, the rest will follow, and the stragglers will fall even further behind. That is nature, plain and simple. Quit lying to the ones who have no chance, then forcing them to deal with unexpected consequences when thy step out on their own, and can't handle real life. You're the real cause of all the school shootings now.

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