Prior to the devastating events in the Connecticut elementary school, the Detroit Free Press published an article stating that there would be an increase in police patrols in high and middle schools.
I would like to start this article by saying our thoughts and prayers are going out to the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. I think the President said it right when he said that we will all be holding our children a little tighter this holiday season.
With breaking hearts, here in Michigan we cannot help but look into our own school systems and how to prevent this from happening to our schools. The day before the Sandy Hook shooting, Mayor Jim Fouts announced his plan to reduce violence in schools.
His plan is targeting the after-school violence at Lincoln High and middle schools.
A special operations unit will be deployed 2-10 p.m. at the high school campus to enforce traffic laws and patrol for loitering and student misbehavior. A directed patrol unit will be deployed 10 p.m.-6 a.m. to assure compliance with curfew.
These new measures are being put into place due to an increase in unruly and criminal behaviors. Do you think that an increase in police involvement will deter criminal behavior? If we had more police involvement in our schools, do you think that would decrease school shootings?
What is your answer on how to stop violence in schools?