“He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.” –Michel de Montaigne
So I read the newspaper, and found out that because of the recent shootings going on in the various schools across the country, police in certain states have now increased their presence in schools.
I feel torn about this solution.
On the one hand, I feel that police or law enforcement having a heavier hand in public schools could cut down the violence that seems to be overtaking the nation. On the other hand, I feel like small incidences such as name calling and bullying (which is wrong by the way) will be considered as crimes.
An article in the New York Times, talks about a public school in Houston Texas that have policemen patrolling the halls and arresting kids for small situations that the principal should deal with. In the article they were able to talk with a criminologist who said that having more policemen in schools wouldn’t cut back on crime.
Because we live in an imperfect world, where people’s mood fluctuates, insanity is questioned, and the lines of knowing right from wrong are blurred, we have to always be prepared at any moment. That said, we can’t always depend on the law to be there in any situation. Am I saying take the law into our own hands?
But I do think that this bubble we “think” is keeping us safe is an illusion we choose to believe. Having more law enforcement in schools will cause more of a problem, and we should be focused on finding a solution.