I understand the desire to keep our schools safe by posting law enforcement in and around our schools, and to be honest, I’m glad they’re in our schools. I grew with a cop assigned to my high school, and I truly believed his presence kept a lid on things and helped all of us develop a positive attitude towards the cops.
However, just like the Sheriff’s Deputy that’s inside the schools that my sons are now attending, one law enforcement officer protecting a school is a single point of failure, that is never a good idea. When it comes to personal security, I much prefer a multi-layered, in depth approach, because that single point of fail can fail, and fail for incompetence, medical reasons or because of simple cowardice.
Fortunately, lawmakers here in Florida are beginning to realize this simple fact, which is a good thing for students and teachers here in this state. A bill implementing the recommendations of the Parkland committee, which includes allowing teachers to train and prepare to effectively defend the students in their charge has made it out of committee and now goes to the full House. If it makes it to the Senate and passes there, I fully expect Governor Santis to sign it, and the students in Florida’s schools will finally have the same level of protection they have inside the school as they do outside the school.