Lawmaker to Propose Heightened Security at Schools with Armed Officers
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - In reaction to the tragedy in Connecticut, Colorado Sen. Steve. King is drafting a bill that would help put a school resource officer in all schools.
King believes that putting a school resource officer (SRO) in all schools will better protect student and enrich them in other ways. While Mesa County has had functioning SRO programs for 30 years, King says it's time to expand the idea throughout the entire state.
"The basic function of government is safety. There can't be a higher priority when it comes to our children," King said.
Jennifer Glenn, a mother of two Grand Valley students, said, "It's dangerous. Times aren't what they used to be years ago."
King said, "The idea here is to look at the School Resource Officer program and how do we expand that into schools that don't have School Resource Officers."
Existing School Resource Officers help kids feel safe at school.
Nicole Guerrero, a young student from Denver, said, "They watch over my school and make me feel safer. They watch the outside of my school too."
Morgan Marquard, a student at Mr. Garfield Middle School, said, "It's really sickening that someone would do that to a school and the classrooms."
However, these officers aren't at every school, something King hopes to change statewide.
"Hopefully we can accomplish that for the state of Colorado, I think it's a realistic goal," he said.
Dora Holmes, a mother and grandmother, said, "You know, they [parents] are actually talking about homeschooling and pulling their kids out of school. But if we could have some protection like that I think it would be a great idea."
King says these armed school resource officers do more than just protect the students.
"The high school level they teach law-related education, middle school level they teach drug resistance education. They become an active part of that school's not only administration and staff but just the community," said King.
He and other politicians hope their efforts will help parents and kids feel secure at school, a place previously hailed as one of the safest for our students.