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Resource Officers Prove Their Value

September 17, 2013

No matter what the motive of the 12-year-old boy who took a loaded handgun to Wheeling Middle School last Friday, the potential for someone to have been hurt was substantial....

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Sep-17-13 12:04 PM

This is a real stretch (unrealistic) to suggest that without the resource officer it would not have been reported.

This article is suggesting that the parents would not have been smart enough to notify a teacher or principal.

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Sep-17-13 7:23 PM

When I was a child, no one brought knives or guns to school.

We fought a good fight and, while there was sometimes some taunting in the days after, no one kicked you while you were down and out.

We played war with realistic looking fake guns. We got into fights, climbed hills, played in the woods, played pickup sports, went fishing, walked or rode our bikes everywhere, got lots of fresh air and channeled our aggression towards physical pursuits.

Today's kids, whether through overscheduling, anxious parents, dangerous predators, the internet, laziness, etc. don't have that type of childhood. They have no outlet for their aggression. They get the SWAT team called for a fistfight. They lack empathy and, in some cases, a conscience.

Parents don't discipline their kids nor do they let them burn off their energy (and stress). The end result is obesity and school shootings.

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Sep-17-13 10:13 PM

ragnar, when I was in school 80% of the males had buck knives on the belt. I don't ever recall anyone using it as a weapon against another student.

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Sep-18-13 7:15 AM

To all who posted negativity...what if your child would have been the one shot and killed?? My daughter and brother are both teachers in Ohio County and I love the added protection

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Sep-18-13 7:49 AM

dying, I don’t recall anyone using them for anything other than impressing their friends. With the advent of mechanical pencils they aren’t even needed as pencil sharpeners.

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Sep-18-13 7:50 AM


the title and jist of the article is that the resource officer proved their value in this case because someone (e.g. parents) reported the threat to them.

The article is misleading as even if there was no resource officer in this case the outcocme would have been the same - someone would have reported it to someone at the school.

What would be interesting to know is if there were any observations by any school employees of this student's prior behavior, or did it instantly appear.

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Sep-18-13 9:52 AM

troll, Probably a status symbol back-in-a-day. Buck, Case and Bartow in that order. LOL

BTW, My kids don't use pencils very often!

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Sep-18-13 9:58 AM

back in the old days the principal would have done this job.

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