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Funding Cut for School Resource Officers

Federal Aid Helps Keeps Police in Schools

October 20, 2013

WHEELING — In just three years, Wheeling has lost almost three-fourths of the federal funding that helps pay for full-time city police officers at Wheeling Park High School and Warwood, Triadelphia,......

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Oct-20-13 1:07 AM

These are the kinds of cuts that will be necessary to control spending. WNHAC should go as well. These are "frills."

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Oct-20-13 7:53 AM

"Resource Officer" is a politically correct term for "school cop".

"Federal Funds" is a politically correct term for US Taxpayer.

If you people are so disingenuous you cannot even tell the truth about the names, why should ALL of us pay for YOUR localized problem?

Charge the PARENTS for "Protection Money" for their children. Or see if you can get a better deal from the Mafia!

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Oct-20-13 7:58 AM

make the principals start doing their jobs.they make more money than the cops.

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Oct-20-13 8:31 AM

IF School Resource Officers are perceived to be needed, it is a local responsibility to fund them, not a federal one.

Local taxpayers should not be funding Resource Officers in Los Angeles and vice versa.

Local funding better ensures the proper amount of resources and accountability.

If they are believed to be needed locally, then Vargo and the school board should be able to find other items of a lower priority to eliminate or combine.

A statement from them would be appropriate.

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Oct-20-13 8:34 AM

St. Miller said there were 300 classroom disruptions he had to address in his first year.

This is really a testament to the lack of leadership at the school, and oversight by the school board, as this would not have happened overnight.

What is missing by the principals and school board in owning this issue that requires a "resource" office to address?

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Oct-20-13 8:40 AM

How many officers are involved in this charade, how many cruisers, and what is the total cost, including benefits, that the taxpayers are paying. Don't forget the federal funding is tax dollars too. With the mentality of the chief it's a wonder that he hasn't assigned an officer to children that are home schooled. Wheeling is a study in excesses, from the city managers pay to the mayor's solipsism that is costing the city any chance for a future.

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Oct-20-13 8:44 AM

Public schools no longer teach children to think for themselves. The moral decay in public schools reflect the direct intervention of Govt. laws and regulations that have been set in place to control and condition human behavior. Common sense thinking has been replaced with the non thinking notion that " someone else has to take care of me. someone else has to take care of my kids." Until the federal purse strings are cut, the moral decay will just keep expanding to the point of calamity.

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Oct-20-13 9:43 AM

If school 'resource' officers are needed in our schools (and I personally doubt they are needed) then perhaps it's time to get rid of the baby-sitting services such as pre-school and nurseries funded by we taxpayers.

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Oct-20-13 10:09 AM

Why does the police chief's budget contain a 5% increase in salaries? This comes to an additional $166,621 next year for salaries alone. Why? The chief admits that crimes such as robbery, sexual assaults and weapons offenses increased 9%.

Why does the police budget request include $44,400 for "attendance bonuses" and $41,371 for "longevity pay"?

Wouldn't you like to get an annual bonus because you have been at your job for a few years or because you showed up for work (as you are supposed to to earn you salary)?

Why are FOURTEEN patrolman positions funded by a grant totaling about $500,000 per year? Why are taxpayers in other states subsidizing Wheeling's police department when the city is already taxing residents out the wazoo for it?

People want what they pay for. The police budget increases 5% or more each year and crime increases each year.

What are you doing about it?

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Oct-20-13 10:29 AM

WMS doesn't need a principal or cop, they need a prison warden since most of their students will end up in the WV penal system.

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Oct-20-13 11:18 AM

You cannot put a price tag on a child's safety or well being. Unfortunately, most people are not parents who are involved in their children's lives. Mentoring, teaching and guiding them to be responsible people is important. You people should complain about the real government waste instead of officers protecting and educating young children. If you had children at risk I bet you would think differently. No one likes the police or what they do until you yourself need help, then the complaints would come pouring in that we do not have enough officers.

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Oct-20-13 11:19 AM

ragnar, Tax payers are an "endless" source of revenue and goberment funded workers are not held accountable for results!

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Oct-20-13 11:21 AM

hilltopper, So it's my responsibility to be "involved" in someone else's children?

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Oct-20-13 11:23 AM

The presence of resource officers needs to continue at the high school and middle school levels and there needs to be some sort of plan in place to have a resource officer in each elementary school within the next few years. I salute Ohio County School officials for stepping up years ago and taking proactive approach to school security. A buzzer and a few locked doors will never take the place of a trained, armed law enforcement officer. The arming of teachers as some school districts have discussed certainly is not the answer. Finding a waste of taxpayer money is not hard to find. Unfortunately finding a news report of shooting, domestic dispute, violent assault, or discovery of a terror plat at a school isn't that hard to find either.

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Oct-20-13 11:51 AM


We have spent untold amounts of money on law enforcement. How many school shootings have been prevented by school resource officers?

If someone walked into a local elementary school and started shooting the place up, would the school cop have the ability and the skill to respond and put down the shooter?

Maybe, maybe not.

Instead, give schools the power of discipline that they once had. Start training teachers and arming them. If they don't want to carry a gun, that should be their right. But allow those who wish to carry a gun the right to do so.

What will teachers do if someone shows up, shoots down the school cop and starts spraying away during an assembly?

We should not continue to fund budget items, at any level, that do not pass either the Constitutional muster or the smell test.

Why are taxpayers in other states funding 14 Wheeling police department positions?

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Oct-20-13 12:20 PM

Well! Appears to me that most of these posters are waking up. Have a school disdurbance in Colorado and everyone wants a cop in their school. I know, kids need to be protected, but from whom/what? Seems to me that we have so many principals & Assistants that that they could start earning their pay. Oh well, It's a good job for a cop who is about to retire and needs somewhere to hide.

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Oct-20-13 12:21 PM

What is wrong with you people? These are CHILDREN that are being protected! Some of you aren't even local, are not paying the taxes towards this program AND do not even have children attending these schools. I do! How dare you make comments against the safety of children! I pay the taxes and my child attends school at TMS. That tax is the one tax I am glad to pay and will continue to be glad to pay even after my child is grown. It is a different world and like it or not, it is necessary. It is better to be safe than sorry, just ask the Sandy Hook families, the Columbine families or even the Virginia Tech families. I bet there were ignorant people like you who make comments or resist the tax allocation for resource officers in those locations as well thinking "this can't happen here". Well, it did, WMS just had a child walk in the door with a loaded pistol. He was caught within minutes of entering the school by the resource officer and school officials proving this is necessa

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Oct-20-13 1:06 PM


You should re-read the article about the loaded gun at the school. The parents told the resource officer and the admin. So, you can't claim the resource officer was the sole method of prevention.

You are also misreading some comments. Some are saying that if it is believed the resource officer is needed then it should be paid with local taxes.

It is still perplexing why Bridge Street had 300 class disturbances in one year that apparently were ignored or mismanaged by the school and board.

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Oct-20-13 2:08 PM

The thought process by some continues to amaze me. Training and arming all teachers as a solution to save taxpayer money that is utilized to fund resource officers? We need teachers properly trained and focused on teaching children. School Administrators need to be focused on making the educational process at their schools better. Sending them to SWAT and firearms certification training is nothing I want my local or Federal tax dollars spent on. I don't recall any reference to School Cop or Resource Officer in any of the past school shooting? Probably because they thought we won't ever need it at our schools? Or couldn't get funding approved? Or it just wasn't a priority? I'd rather have officer in place to deter or stop a violent act vs. not having the officer and replaying the "what if" scenario in our minds.

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Oct-20-13 3:13 PM

Melvin: You misread what I meant. My point was to be glad there was a resource officer. I am not claiming they are the sole method of prevention, however, the school was fortunate to have the officer as a source of security for the students and faculty. That gun was loaded and who knows what could have happened. I also understood that the readers felt local taxes should support these officers, however, what about districts who cannot afford this? Federal taxes are more wisely spent for the safety of ALL children in schools, wherever the location. Again, I'd much rather pay this tax over most others. The people who spoke against would complain about it being a local tax too, they just complain.

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Oct-20-13 4:46 PM

Public schools are not a Constitutionally permissible expenditure of taxpayer dollars so, no, the protection of children in public schools is not a federal issue.

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Oct-20-13 5:47 PM

WVU- You must be a resource officer trying to justify your job. Or A school admin person trying to avoid one.

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Oct-20-13 5:47 PM

egi: Sounds to me like you should teach your child some self defense techniques and as a parent let your child know that anyone that messes with them will be messing with you. I grew up knowing I was protected from harm because of my parents and I took boxing lessons from my father. Today nothing parents raise nothing children and everyone thinks, only thinks, they are a winner, when in fact they're winers. It's a cruel world out there, prepare your child and include yourself.

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Oct-20-13 5:55 PM

Parents should spend time with their children and teach them about respect, responsibility and how bullying is bad. We would not have this type of society. We should be holding the parents for the actions of their children with fines. The government is not a full time babysitting service.

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