Should Local Schools Have Armed Guards?

One district in New Jersey already voted to hire guards for schools.

Less than a week after a , a New Jersey school district took action, with its board of education approving to hire armed security guards at each of its buildings.

Another debate about gun control regulations and laws was sparked after the massacre in Newtown, with many calling for stricter legislations and enforcement. On the other side, the National Rifle Association said it recommended schools hire armed guards, as the board approved in Marlboro.

But what about Washington Township? Do you think the Washington Township School District, as well as the West Morris Regional School District, should look at hiring armed guards in the schools? What about changes in current security systems in those districts? 

Tell us in the comments section below what you believe should be done–if anything–locally.

The Washington Township School District board of education next meets on Jan. 3 at the Long Valley Middle School at 7 p.m., and the West Morris Regional School District board of education next meets on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at West Morris Central High School.

Scott Wright December 30, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Mary Lynne how much should we invest in education ? And where would you spend the money? Do you really think we do not spend enough on education?
MaryLynn Schiavi December 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM
John Q: we do spend a good deal in this country on education. But what if the obscene amount of money we have spent on the last two wars and on the 200+ million guns in this country was spent on education and training around the world so that people who feel disenfranchised actually might have hope for a better future? Maybe then there would be less violence and less terrorism. People become terrorists and engage in violence when they have nothing left to lose and no hope of a better life or reality. That's what we need to work on.
Claire December 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM
MaryLynn, Kids need to be in a school setting to learn social skills. that is why I do not home school my children, I could never provide them with the everyday social experiences to be mature responsible active adults.. Even my 85 yr old mom (a retired school teacher) says there is much more to HS than grades, the social experience is invaluable, esp now with the social media. I telecommute, but I have many years of work/social skill experience and it works for me and our family schedule. My husband prefers not to telecommute 5x/wk since he likes the ability to interact face to face. If you really want to move to another country, I suggest you travel more because you will then appreciate what our country has to offer. The US is a wonderful place to live, its not perfect but much better than most places, and I have been all over the globe.
MaryLynn Schiavi December 31, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Claire, I have traveled extensively and I love France, Italy and Switzerland. While they have problems, they don't have the off-the-chart murders by firearms that we have in this country. And your assertion that children would not learn social skills without physically attending school, is without basis. Are you saying people weren't socialized before the public school system? Besides, the workplace of the future will be largely online, across time zones. Children can still interact face to face via Skype and in the near future -- by holograhic telepresence technology.
Scott Wright December 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Mary Lynn all those are important and should be discussed but really have little to do with education. We spend per capita more then most countries in the world. I know it is a tired story everybody hates to here but when the non married birth rate for women 20 to 30 years old is at 51 % I believe that is where our problem starts. No matter how much money we spend if the foundation of our children is not solid it will be wasted. Look around the country money had very little relation to performance


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