Saturday’s editorial “Half-cocked on school safety” suggested that the Florida Legislature put “…real police officers in schools” if student safety is the issue. The RAND Corp. evaluated police in schools and indicated that they are ill-trained and not prepared to ensure safety. The National School Resource Officers Association agrees.
RAND recommended continued special training for regular police officers. There is research indicating that guns in schools have a negligible impact on safety. Related research indicates no clear evidence that guards prevent school violence, that schools are safer today than 10 years ago, that armed personnel increase feelings of insecurity and fear among students and school learning environments are harmed by placing guns in schools.
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