The Washington Post runs an opinion piece by Aaron Kupchik, an associate professor who wrote a book once about something or other. It seems that liberals loved the idea of armed security in schools until the NRA mentioned it. Look at the President’s kids’ school, the same place that David Gregory’s kids attend. They have at least eleven security guards, not counting the Secret Service folks at Sidwell Friends.
But dingus, here, the associate professor, says security in schools is a bad idea;
But the evidence shows that the expansion of police into schools is a flawed policy that can have harmful effects on students. During many research visits, I have spoken at length with police officers stationed at schools full time. I have found almost all of these officers, usually called school resource officers, to be caring individuals. They are willing to let their professional reputations suffer — being a “kiddie cop” is often looked down upon by other officers — in an attempt to help local youths. Many of them mentor students and seek to be positive role models.
But their presence has effects that help transform the school from an environment of academia to a site of criminal law enforcement. Issues that might otherwise be seen as mental health or social problems can become policing matters once an officer is stationed in a school.
Arrests for fist fights go up, he says. I guess maybe because there’s someone who can arrest two fighting children, because if they weren’t there, there wouldn’t be anyone to arrest them, right? Nope;
…officers can start to see youths as thugs and criminals and begin treating them with hostility and sometimes even abusively. This comes at the expense of students’ rights and their education. Minorities are especially vulnerable to the overpolicing that can take place in schools, which increases both the racial-academic divide and racially skewed arrest rates.
Youths are generally thugs and criminals…see, I’m not even a security guard and I think that. Of course, dingus, the associate professor is more concerned with how children feel and providing them with some self esteem because the pointy-headed academics who think self-esteem is more important that an education in a safe environment have done so well making our education system a huge day care center for idiots.
The NRA proposal is a bad idea not only because it means more policing but also because it would mean policing by the wrong people. While the presence of police officers in schools can have harmful effects, schools with security guards — particularly armed security guards — fare even worse.
Security guards have a harmful effect…more harmful than say a gunman killing 20 children while they’re in school.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations, conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida and Loyola University in New Orleans with data from the National Center for Education Statistics, found that schools….blah, blah, f’n blah
These studies by the pointy-headed crowd are the reason that schools are not teaching our children what they need to flourish in their communities.
By the way, Professor Dingus, a New Haven lawyer is already representing a 6-year-old in Newtown who is claiming that the school did not provide enough security to protect her. I guess a hundred million dollar lawsuit won’t impede anyone’s education, will it?