St. Louis County Police Chief Wants to Arm School Officials With Guns

In the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch will visit schools this week to discuss increasing security, including putting guns in elementary schools.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and police officers will begin visiting St. Louis County schools Monday morning, according to KMOV.

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Fitch said he's received numerous calls from area schools concerned about security since Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, CT elementary school. 

Fitch acknowledges that most high schools and some middle schools, including those in West County, have armed school resource officers. 

However, elementary schools are not normally protected by officers. Fitch wants to see armed resource officers or armed school officials in those schools, according to KSDK.

He points out that Sandy Hook Elementary School conducted threat drills and locked its doors once class started, but that did not stop suspected shooter Adam Lanza from gunning down 20 children and six women Friday. 

St. Louis area schools also lock their doors when class starts and conduct threat drills. However, this week, Fitch plans to meet with school officials throughout the county to discuss increasing security at schools even more. 

His proposal includes putting guns in the schools, particularly the elementary schools. He said the weapons would remain locked up with trained staff members having access to them in an emergency. 

What do you think about Chief Fitch's proposal? Do you have a better suggestion? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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Mark Behlmann December 18, 2012 at 03:30 AM
As a child I was fortunate, I had a mother and father who were supportive but more importantly involved with my upbringing. As a young boy I was taught how to handle a gun, hunt, and appreciate nature. I was taught by my father. Today I have many purchased and registered guns. I have attended certified weapon training classes and hold two CCW licenses. I believe wholeheartedly that it is our right to bear arms to protect ourselves and family. Also it should be our right to be TRAINED to carry a weapon for self protection. But as a school board member, educators are just that, educators, not armed guardians. Guns in school regardless of a administrators training is NOT a good idea. I believe this was a knee jerk reaction by the chief of police. Accidents do happen. Last year 2 SRO’s in Hazelwood high school accidentally discharged a pistol. Fortunately no one was injured. Highly trained people do unfortunately have accidents. Guns in schools are not the answer.
Elizabeth O'Fallon December 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
3 ideas from a former Navy Seal. http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/lessons-from-newtown-ct-school-shooting-3-ways-to-protect-your-children/
Joel Kabak December 18, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I think this is a bad idea. What if to say a scenario, a child comes to school after an argument with his/her parent, decides that he/she is very angry. Takes a gun to school with them. Actively threatens the custodian of said "on school weapons". Then what? The weapon custodian has to open the "arsenal" closet? For a disgruntled child? Mass chaos again. I truly believe in our rights to carry and protect. However, I feel that putting guns in schools is just asking for potential trouble. An armed SRO in EVERY school is a much better idea and use of resources. Thank you,
Joel Kabak December 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Joel Kabak December 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM


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