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July 18, 2013

Letter: Having cops in schools not linked to safety

I’m concerned about certain things in Hoosier-land, but I try not to get too disturbed about anything that conservative Republicans do. I’ve come to accept some of Jean-Paul Sartre’s philosophy: It disturbs me no more to find rightwingers base, unjust or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage or the vulture ravenous on some “nature” TV program.

Having said that, I’m concerned with why conservatives who make up Indiana’s supermajority government, in their great wisdom, decided to put cops in our schools to counter the fact that our kids are being murdered in school by “crazies” with guns. That is, the way to control our gun problem is to have more guns?

I’ve been keeping up with efforts of a Tennessee city to get more federal money to replace outdated computers for new traffic signal equipment that’s been proven by research to be good for safety.

But, cops in schools is not linked to safety! Research shows that there is no clear correlation between cops in schools and student safety. There is, however, a clear correlation between police in schools and more arrests of kids who do not belong in the juvenile justice system. Who is going to train the cops? Will they be trained on how to handle kids with disabilities?

Bill J. Paschal

Muncie

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