Illinois Bill: Reward Schools Who Replace Armed Security with Therapists
An Illinois bill introduced by Democrat Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch provides special grants for schools that replace funds for armed security with funds for “unarmed social workers and behavior therapists.” The bill is sponsored by 16 other Democrats as well.
Once again, we have a bleeding-heart liberal view of the world. The view espoused by these folks is the SAME view that led to the disaster in the Broward County School system: don’t prosecute the poor babies they’re just messed up, so just talk to them.
“This increased presence of law enforcement in schools does not necessarily enhance school safety. Instead it dramatically increases the likelihood that students will be unnecessarily swept into the criminal justice system often for mere adolescent or disruptive behavior. Michelle Mbekani-Wiley from the Sargent Shriver Center for Poverty Law
This is the exact same problem at Broward County. The County sheriff’s office even entered into a “Collaborative agreement” that guaranteed students would not be arrested. No one ever held Nikolas Cruz accountable until he murdered 17 people. Kids who are not held accountable for their actions tend to think they can do anything they want. The term she used – “mere adolescent or disruptive behavior” – is telling.
SROs (School Resource Officers) do not typically throw kids in the slammer for minor issues. They have training to handle the difficult situations that arise in the schools. Removing them is a fool’s mission that endangers everyone in the school. Armed security in this day and age is imperative.
Real mental illness is not easy to deal with. You can’t “counsel” it away. Other forms of “disruptive behavior” are things that SROs are trained to handle.
Fox news reported,
In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a school safety plan that would prioritize grants to states that agreed to use the money to hire more law enforcement in schools.
Last month a school resource officer in Maryland was praised after immediately responding to an alert of an active shooter.
Blaine Gaskill, a St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputy with SWAT training who had been positioned at Great Mills High School, immediately responded after being alerted of the shooting and, according to officials, contained the situation within one minute of the initial shot being fired.
Although there is no official count of school resource officers employed in Illinois, the former president of the Illinois School Resource Officers Association Deputy Kip Heinle said he believed the number to be around 500. He called those officers “the best line of defense to keep students safe in school.”
All in all, the proposed Illinois bill will most certainly NOT keep children safe. It would do just the opposite, leaving students totally without security.
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