Armed guards

School officials are considering arming security guards but fear bringing guns on campus would create more problems than it solves. Education Week reports:

Among the what-ifs being asked after the March 21 shootings at Red Lake High School is one with uncomfortable implications for many school leaders: What if the two security guards posted near the Minnesota school’s entrance had been armed when the 16-year-old student gunman entered? Would the carnage by Jeff Weise that claimed the lives of one guard, a teacher, and five other students have been averted?

At Columbine High in 1999, a campus police officer fired at Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold but missed.

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  1. If school officials are pondering armed guards, might there be something they have overlooked? If things are that bad, maybe fixing the problems would be a better way to spend the money.

    Can’t fix the problem? Then at least teach the kids what to do if these situations come up. Of course that means using common sense and teaching kids one end of a gun from another.

    There are programs that will teach kids what to do if they see a firearm in a friends backpack or locker, but most school boards will have nothing to do with them. The NRA Eddie the Eagle program is the place to start for the younger kids. It does not teach kids how to be “beer drinking red necks” as many believe. I does teach kids to “find an adult” when they see a “gun”. Of course, finding an adult can often be pretty hard to do anymore.


  2. Miller Smith says:

    We have armed police officer on full day duty in all of our high schools in Prince George’s County Public Schools.

    So, I don’t see the problem.

  3. Walter E. Wallis says:

    The officer fired at them, but ran away when they shot back. The SWAT team, subsequently, waited until they were sure everyone was dead before they exposed themselves. Craven cowards all. Kinda like if fire fighters waited until the fire was out before they came near the building.

  4. Roberts says:

    Walter, I know a few of the officers on the SWAT teams that responded to Columbine. Your comment “Craven cowards all” is grossly false. There were a lot of SWAT officers who wanted to move in more aggressively but were overruled by their command.

  5. The security guard engaged them, but they had a range advantage, and possibly one of rules of engagement. He delayed them and drew some of their fire, possibly giving other students a chance to survive. There have in fact been several other school shooting incidents which were ended by armed citizens, but the Columbine shooters were more determined than those others.

    The fact that the SWAT team was held back by higher-ups was widely reported at the time. The charge of craven cowardice is totally uncalled for.

  6. Guys, please… go easy on Walter. If you keep bullying him like this, it might bring to a stop the daily posts that are unnecessarily inflammatory and have no real point.

  7. BadaBing says:

    I find Walter’s posts neither inflammatory nor lacking in purpose. As for the topic, why not arm teachers as in Israel? There would be some training involved, and you could keep secret which teachers are packing heat. In a Columbine-like scenario, armed teachers may be able to take out the bad guys before more people are injured. Perps might think twice before executing their plan if they knew there were teachers twilling to use deadly force to stop them.

  8. Walter E. Wallis says:

    The actions of the police at Columbine speak for themselves. The money paid both before and after the action presumed someone taking risk for the benefit of the public. They took less of a risk than the average meter maid. What benefit did the public receive for all the money they paid out?

  9. If armed security guards will help, by all means.

    But I have an easier and cheaper prevention for school shootings: Let the kids stay home.

    In most cases, school shootings happen because of resentment built up through years of forced attendance and forced socialization. Bullying may or may not be a factor. So if a student “at-risk” for being a shooter just stays at home, or a special school of his choice, or some other place where he feels comfortable – there is no resentment.

    Plus, if the shooter is one of those psychos who kills at random, then at least he does it at home, or otherwise outside of school, and fewer people die.

  10. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Hard to argue with the Beeman.