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School eyes security

March 9, 2013

FAIRMONT — As shots sounded through the halls of Fairmont High School on Friday, people scattered, diving into the nearest classrooms and slamming the doors behind them....

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Mar-12-13 9:18 AM

"I'm sure at a military base there would be quick access to the necessary firearms"

Yeah, the MP's might be armed, but the rest of the personnel on the base are not. It takes 5-15 minutes to open an Arms Room and issue weapons.

First the keys must be signed out. Then the room door unlocked, followed by unlocking the racks which hold the weapons.

I see no difference in having a SRO or a Janitor walking around a school w/ a loaded firearm. But the first thing I would do is remove the "No Guns Allowed" sign around a school zone.

Kooks know that everyone is unarmed there, that is why we see kids murdered at **schools**.

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Mar-11-13 12:44 PM

I'm sure at a military base there would be quick access to the necessary firearms. Read the transcripts of Columbine and you'll see just how confused everyone was about who and how many were shooters. And yes having teachers walk around with a side arm would have a very negative impact in the classroom and why would you want to put a child in that type of environment. The GOP keeps saying it's not gun regulation, but mental health issue, yet these are the same people who cut funding and vote against these types of programs.

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Mar-11-13 8:57 AM

How is that "No Firearms Allowed" thing working out for you today?

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Mar-10-13 10:08 PM

You've sensed my sarcasm correctly, I applaud you. Having staff walk around with a side arm is not an environment where students can effectively learn to their potential. By the way 2 cases where having an armed security officer didn't work Columbine & Fort Hood.

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Mar-10-13 9:43 PM

Having absolutely no protection in our schools hasn't been a real answer has it! Hiding in a closet? There's a good idea!So your saying arming personnel to protect our children isn't the answer? Then what makes them qualified to do anything? Lets put up signs so criminal aren't allowed? hahahaha How naive are you! If these cowards knew someone might shoot back they might think twice! I applaud South Dakota in their vision and fore sight!

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Mar-10-13 4:57 PM

Nothing creates a great learning environment like teachers and staff carrying a gun...Give me a break....

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Mar-09-13 3:06 PM

If you do as South Dakota did, and make it purely voluntary, with training and certification needed before the gun may be carried, then you won't have problems with unqualified personnel.

Of course, that'll never happen here, with the DFL in total charge...

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Mar-09-13 2:53 PM

Wouldn't that make us all feel better?? I find no comfort in having school personnel "trained" and carrying a weapon. The majority of the personnel would be okay doing this but you have a select few that this would be more dangerous to those involved. Guns(weapons) can be dangerous in anyone's hands. And how do we determine who should and should not be able to buy and carry weapons? It appears that we have yet to figure this out as shootings still happen. I do commend the district for having this event but let's not start handing out guns to the personnel as they can be used against us too.

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Mar-09-13 11:03 AM

The only thing that helped is make those involved feel better! Its better than doing nothing but the only way to protect our children in school is have a majority of the school personnel trained and carrying a weapon! Believe me you can't out run a bullet!

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