The Washington Post reported in January that the National PTA was disappointed in President Obama’s call for more armed guards in schools as he unveiled his gun reform proposals:
The National Parent Teachers Organization said today it was pleased with many of President Obama’s new proposals to improve school security but that his call for more armed guards at schools “comes as a disappointment.”
Obama spelled out a series of steps to help make schools safer for students, including hiring as many as 1,000 more school resource officers and counselors.
School resource officers are specially trained law enforcement officers who are assigned to school campuses. They can perform some functions such as mentoring and advising, which are more typically conducted by guidance counselors and social workers, but they carry weapons and have authority to arrest students.There has been a big increase in the number of school resource officers in the past 15 years, a jump connected to the growth of “zero tolerance” disciplinary codes in schools. The Justice Department says the number of these officers jumped 38 percent from 1997 to 2007.
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