Upper Arlington

School resource officers should be armed

To the Editor:

I recently had a discussion with my daughter, who is a resident of Upper Arlington, about the issue of elementery school security.

She informed me that security procedures have tightened up and that there are all kinds of "discussions" going on as to improving security.

Her 5-year-old daughter, my granddaughter, started kindergarten this school year at Windermere Elementary school, and I am very, very concerned for her safety, as should every parent with a child in Upper Arlington schools.

I understand that, currently, there are no armed security officers in any of the UA schools. Are you kidding me? To me, that means what happened at Sandy Hook can happen today in any one of the UA schools.

Come on, people, wake up, do the right thing. I was born, raised, and lived all my life in the Columbus area, including Upper Arlington and Dublin communities.

I moved to Wilmington, N.C., in 2000. We have "county school districts" in this state, and my county, New Hanover, put armed School Resource Officers from the sheriff's department in all 40 schools before school reconvened in January. And, the county commissioners and the school board have committed to funding this as a permanent item for the future.

It was the right thing to do, and Upper Arlington needs to do the same. Please stop the discussion, "bite the bullet" and do the right thing.

Peter Watkins
Wilmington, N.C.

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