July 30, 2013
With the latest action coming out of Raleigh, I guess George Zimmerman will be applying for a job with the schools of NC.
It wouldn’t surprise me if he hasn’t already been contacted to come to NC and organize the volunteers who will be “protecting our school children” when the armed volunteers start standing guard in the schools. Is everyone on the majority side in Raleigh crazy?
I could understand a well-trained and qualified police officer – maybe – but armed volunteers makes no sense for many reasons. For one thing, the pool of available volunteers would be limited to the unemployed and retirees since others have to make a living for their families (of course, there may already be consideration being given to allowing those who are sentenced to community service being allowed to do their service at the schools – if they own their own gun); then there is the long process of background checks.
Oh, wait a minute, the promoters of this will probably dispense with this since it costs money. There is the psychological testing; oops that costs money, so we don’t need that. Then there’s the training that needs to be done, but since that also requires money they will probably just have a short course on how to load and pull the trigger.
THEN WE WAIT FOR TRAGEDY TO OCCUR.
I hope the school boards and superintendents treat this for what it is – a foolish plan.
Editor’s Note: Included in the state budget law just passed by the General Assembly is a provision that allows local school boards to enter into agreements with local sheriffs or police chiefs to provide the volunteers, who would have to have previous experience as either a law enforcement officer or a military police officer and receive training on the social and mental development of children. The officers could not be sued for their good-faith actions.