I have said more than a few times that you couldn't pay me to go back to high school. And yet, there's one thing I do miss. I was in high school before the words "school shooting" were part of the national vernacular. I was in high school before terrified police officers were developing crazy ideas like stashing their guns at the local school just in case.
I mean really, folks, what could go wrong here? Anyone? Bueller?
OK, I'll start.
High school kids know where everything is in their school. At least we did back in the day. I think we actually specialized in finding things the teachers didn't WANT us to find.
So let's say cops in Plainfield, Illinois, set up gun safes around the local high schools. The kids are bound to know where the firearms are located. Which creates two distinct but equally terrifying possibilities.
Either some idiot kid breaks in, steals the guns and uses them to hurt someone else. Or let's say there is a shooter situation in Plainfield. If the shooter is a student who knows where the cops have hidden their weapons, they can develop a plan to head them off at the pass, to actively prevent law enforcement from accessing their arsenal.
As a mother, I want to feel safe when I put my daughter on a school bus. I like to hear that law enforcement and school officials are coming together to think outside of the box and try to make our schools safer. But I just don't think I'd feel comfortable sending my daughter to a school full of guns, even if the cops have the best of intentions.
How about you? Would you support gun safes for cops in your child's school?
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