The American Civil Liberties Union wants school police to be unarmed.
Harold Jordan, of the Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU, wrote a piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that called for the disarming of school police. The piece was subsequently republished and tweeted by the organization.
“Having officers patrol the hallways with firearms sends a negative message to students,” he wrote. “It makes many students feel that they are being treated like suspects. It can have an intimidating presence and can contribute to negative attitudes about police, in general.”
You know who else it can have an intimidating effect on? People like Adam Lanza who slaughtered 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and his mother at home, in 2012.
Or Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who killed 13 at Columbine High School in 1999.
Or the killers in the plethora of school shootings that have happened in the past two decades.
But the ACLU is more concerned with sending a “negative message” or hurting feelings than it is about saving the lives of children.
“Places of learning are not security zones or criminal justice institutions, and they should not be staffed that way,” Jordan argued.
Not everyone on social media agreed.
@ACLU Real question here… Is there such thing as an UNARMED police officer?
— Mike Shipley (@MikeShipley09) April 2, 2017
@ACLU Disagree…as a teacher I can tell you it’s the individual officer that creates security or fear, NOT the weapon
— Dave Cohen (@DMCohen01) April 2, 2017
@ACLU but it would be okay if the trench coat mafia, mr totenberg & officer friendly picked up playstation
— AxeChops .com (@AxeChops) April 2, 2017
@ACLU your all about protecting people’s rights but don’t want people to be able to use 1 of there amendment rights? What’s up with that?
— perry the savage (@ilvpie) April 1, 2017
@ACLU you forget so easily the loss of life from school shootings and those saved by a gun carrying officer. Get off ur perceived high horse
— thenewcounterculture (@HabibiBernie) April 1, 2017
@ACLU Guns should only be on hand for protecting important things like celebrities and money in banks.
— TremendousSkullet (@STLSlowMo) April 1, 2017
@ACLU I’m gonna have to disagree with you guys on this. Too many dangerous people try to shoot up schools and they’d be the 1st to respond.
— Simone (@simoneybaloneyy) April 2, 2017
@ACLU I’m sorry, but if there is ANYONE who should be armed in schools it’s a professional who is highly trained
— Pete Zafian (@grumpyunclepete) April 2, 2017
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