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  •  Can you find one case where (2+ / 0-)
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    Samulayo, Whatithink

    a student was arrested from school and the teachers were unhappy about it? On the other hand, I just heard of a teacher making a big stink out of a pop tart nibbled into a gun shape by a some ridiculously young boy. The problem is not that they arrest too many good kids, they arrest far too few of the bad kids. Instead of a link I will just refer to every big city newspaper in the country. Drugs, weapons, gang activity and worse are pervasive in urban schools. They need more contact with police, not less, both to deter the other kids, and to protect them.

    Training some teachers to act as security also makes sense. They can protect coworkers and children alike, and one would assume they have that special ability to deal with young criminals that you believe regular police officers are incapable of.

    I'm afraid that my signature won't match the mood of my comment.

    by heybuddy on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 09:08:51 AM PDT

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    •  Here's one: (1+ / 0-)
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      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 11:18:50 AM PDT

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      •  Seriously? (0+ / 0-)

        Try being a gay kid in an urban high school. I have been assaulted in front of teachers who then claimed that I "was in a fight" as if I had wanted to fight several guys at once and lose badly, while getting called homophobic slurs and having my stuff taken. The teachers themselves were afraid of some of these guys. If it weren't for the school officers keeping certain areas reasonably safe, I would have left school in tenth grade. And while many people seem to hate cops here, The school cops I knew were brave and kind and they cared about me. They would smile at me and I knew they were watching out for me in particular. One of them followed a group of kids off campus and broke up a fight, and he got hurt in the process. He didn't have to risk his body to break up two guys who wanted to fight off school grounds, but he did. And he did it to stop them from hurting each other. Some people are just hate filled and violent. Trust me, if they target you, you want a cop, not a teacher near by.

        I say let each school determine it's own security needs.

        I'm afraid that my signature won't match the mood of my comment.

        by heybuddy on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:34:55 PM PDT

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