All of us are saddened by the recent tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and no one wants to see that kind of event occur again.
I do think, however, cooler heads need to prevail when we start talking about spending a million dollars a year to put a resource officer in every school in the county.
There is just no way to protect children or anyone else from every possible misfortune that could happen to a human being in this world, and no amount of money will change that situation. Where will it stop — an officer on every school bus?
One armed guard in a school with 300 or more kids is not going to stop a determined crazy person from committing mayhem, especially when that person doesn’t expect to live through the ordeal anyway.
And yes, I have grandchildren in elementary school.
On another note, I noticed the Carter County schools are considering a consolidation plan. This paper published the current student/teacher ratio and the average appears to be around 12. I was astonished to see a number that low.
We should be producing geniuses and not barely getting kids out of high school.