Baltimore Schools Not Interested In Student Safety

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Baltimore City Public Schools of Baltimore, Maryland showed how little concern they had for the life of students when they voted to oppose arming school resource officers. 

The school board reached an uncontested vote of 10-0, denying a bill that would have allowed school officers to carry their firearms within the school. 

As it stands officers are permitted their service weapons while patrolling the exterior of the school, they are required to lock the weapons up as the school day begins.

It’s an odd decision considering that school resource officers are the only law enforcement officers NOT allowed to carry weapons inside the school while on duty. 

This is despite the fact that Baltimore City Public Schools is the only jurisdiction within Maryland that has its own specific police agency.

Cheryl Glenn, who is a state delegate, originally proposed the legislation and lamented its defeat.

“I can’t move a bill that doesn’t have the support of the school board and the mayor,” Glenn said. “The votes wouldn’t be there.”

Glenn did note however, “I think that this is a very unwise decision. These are sworn police officers. They are not security guards. They have more training than Baltimore police.”

One disappointed parent, Leo Burroughs Jr., commented his frustration with the verdict, “I support the Second Amendment. De-escalate armed suspects. Let’s de-escalate when they’re firing at you. You just jump up and shout, ‘de-escalate.’ It doesn’t work.”

Also voicing disappointment was Baltimore Police Sgt. Clyde Boatwright. “We just need to be clear that if and when we have a serious situation in Baltimore, everyone is going to look back at this day and say, ‘You know what? They had a chance to get it right and they didn’t.’”

Hopefully this won’t be a decision that Baltimore comes to immediately regret.

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