Forget armed guards; police needed in schools

Shortly after the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 elementary school kids and six adults were murdered, I wrote a blog calling for armed guards to patrol schools.

But the more I think about it, this should be the responsibility of the police.

Tonight I spoke with Jeff Russell, the president of the Everett School Board in suburban Seattle, Washington where the sheriff has a plan to create a new five-member school security unit to be placed in area schools. And the unit will be made up of police officers.

Most would agree that there is a greater, a much greater, need for protection of students and staff in schools. And police, with their training, should be the first line of defense.

If it can be done elsewhere, why not here?

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