More Schools Talk About Adding Armed Police, Some Seek Counselors Instead


Two months after the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Ct., the discussion about how best to secure the nation's schools is making its way into reality, says the Washington Post. Proposals for more campus police are now part of budget discussions across the nation. President Obama has proposed $150 million in funding for school-based officers, psychologists, social workers or counselors. The Virginia governor’s school safety task force last week urged restoring state funding for such officers, which had been cut.

A Washington Post-ABC Poll in January showed that 55 percent of the public would support placing armed police or trained security guards in the nation's schools. Some argue that schools need more guidance counselors, not police. The National PTA voiced disappointment about the proposed national police expansion, saying schools should be completely gun-free. Civil rights groups warn that more police in schools will mean more arrests and citations, often for behavior that once meant a trip to the principal's office.

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