Democracy Now report the White House is considering providing $50 million in taxpayer money or federal funding to put hundreds of police officers and surveillance equipment in public schools. This and other avenues are being considered that could draw support from both parties since an assault weapons ban is most likely off the table.
The ACLU urges in a press release that the White House and Vice President Biden look elsewhere since in their opinion cops in schools would not make them safer just more oppressive. “As a mother, I’m especially attuned to the need to protect children from gun violence, but over-policing is not the solution,” Laura Murphy, Director of ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, said in the release. “When police are put in schools, learning environments can be transformed into sites of law enforcement. The results can be devastating, particularly for students of color and those with disabilities, who we know are disproportionately pushed out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.”
The letter cites statistics from New York City where, according to the letter, schools with permanent metal detectors reported that 77 percent of incidents involving cops during the 2004-2005 school year were classified as “non-criminal.” Only 4 percent were classified as “major crimes against persons” and just 2 percent were classified as “major property crimes.”
I agree and disagree with the ACLU. I believe the police are not going to be effective but my opinion differs there. This oppressive environment the ACLU speaks of is ridiculous because I went to a school that had police and the kids actually felt safer. I think it is a false sense of security that worries me because a shooter like in all these cases carefully planned what it is they are going to do whether their is security or not. It should not have to get to the point that security is what Obama thinks is going to prevent this because with planning as in all these cases you can get around that. The $50 million the country doesn’t have should be save for less frivolous endeavors and not waste the taxpayer’s money. The focus should be more on plans to counteract these crimes, preparing schools for these attacks, and cracking down whether the NRA or special interest groups including Congress like it on guns and the process to buy a gun.