So the Governor has proposed spending $3.6 million on additional school resource officers (SRO’s) in her budget, amounting to an additional 200 SRO’s for our state’s schools (you can read it here).
Those added to the existing 300 gets us up to 500 SRO’s for the state. Which means that 2100 schools will not be covered by the Governor’s plan.
So which schools are lucky enough to get the 200 new SRO’s, and which are the ones that will hope the John Wayne’s of the school (she’s proposing that school principals be allowed to carry weapons on campus) stop a madman?
Look, SRO’s makes schools safer, but not safe. Their presence might deter some nut from attacking, but not necessarily. And their presence might result in being at the right place at the right time, stopping the intruder before he starts. But not necessarily. And maybe the SRO’s get to the killers before they inflict too much damage. But not necessarily.
In her funding, though, hasn’t the Guv left the state wide open for lawsuits, lawsuits stemming from a killer wreaking death on an SRO-less school?
She provides protection for some lucky ones but not all? Good luck with that scenario.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.