All schools should have one officer (if not two) assigned to the school. Why? School Resource Officers (SROs) fill a need for the school. They provide security. They provide immediate response if a kid gets out of control or a crime occurs. They offer a role model. They often are tuned into what is going on and know more about the local bad guys attending the school than the bad guys would want.
In my career I used SROs to handle the politics inside schools. Most teachers and administrators are liberal and hate the police and all the police stand for. They think us more a bother than a help. SROs can smooth over our need to do our job and the administrators desire to “protect his or her fiefdom.” I have had experience where I wanted to talk to a student and found the principal refusing to let me in the school or let me talk to the kid. They actually act like a lawyer, so I have no love loss for the liberal in education. One claimed I had no”legal right” to enter the public school because he refused me entrance. He almost got arrested.
However, this doesn’t answer the question where was the SRO for that school that day? Nobody is really covering the fact that an armed person could have stopped the carnage. Why? It doesn’t help the narrative of the anti-gun crowd in the MSM. I did some research and one report mentions the SRO was off that day. I can’t find anything else in a Google search.
Why wasn’t the officer replaced? What policy was in place, was it a permanent SRO or a rotating one? Often when PD budgets are getting cut, the first thing that goes is the full time SRO position. Why aren’t we asking that question?
Do they make a difference? In 2010 one SRO stopped an armed man, who was mentally unstable, from shooting up another school. It appears the man was looking to commit “suicide by police” because he didn’t start shooting but kept brandishing his gun, point blank, at the officer who did the same. It is a weird and dangerous situation. Here is the video and the linked story. After a few seconds, you can’t help but yell at the screen “SHOOT the dumbass!” but the SRO didn’t.
He told her to go on ahead of him. But she never made it through the doors.
Instead, Melanie Riden, principal of Sullivan Central, came striding through the locked doors.
“He pulled out his gun and started pointing it at people,” Thacker said.
Cowan trained a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol at Riden’s face, said Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson. Carolyn Gudger, the school resource officer, drew her gun, then shielded the principal’s body with her own.
Thacker remembers Cowan shouting something – possibly including the words “10 years” – but she isn’t sure. She turned and ran out the set of public doors to the mulch pile in the front of the school, and hid behind bushes.
“He might shoot someone,” Thacker remembered thinking. “I just wanted to get out of there.”
Riden fled and Gudger inched back into the school, leading Cowan through the scattered pastel chairs in the empty cafeteria. It was a tactical move, meant to lure the gunman into a more contained place, Anderson said.
Sullivan County dispatch sent out a chilling alert: “Man with a gun at Central High School.”
Riden, reached by phone Monday night, said she could not comment without permission from Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie.
Gudger told him to drop his weapon; he demanded she drop hers. Once, he tried, unsuccessfully, to lunge for her gun.
The back up arrived quickly and they did the deed for the SRO.
Ryan Kendrick was in algebra class, just off the main office. The 17-year-old senior thought he heard the gunman making threats – about not leaving the building alive and taking others with him – and Gudger urging him to calm down.
Then he heard a volley of gunshots.
Kendrick and his friend, Andrew Ray, began to pray.
Landon Sillyman was in his honors biology class, where the teacher had instructed students to put their heads on their desks in the darkened classroom. The 14-year-old freshman estimated the suspense lasted about an hour.
But it was all over in minutes, Anderson estimated. One hundred and twenty seconds after Cowan drew his gun, two deputies, Lt. Steve Williams and Sam Matney, arrived. They entered through separate doors and met Cowan and Gudger – still in a moving standoff – as they reached a science pod behind the cafeteria. Cowan wavered; he jerked his gun from Gudger to the other deputies then back again. The three officers told him, again, to drop his weapon. He wouldn’t.
So they opened fire. Some students counted five shots, others counted six. Anderson would not say how many rounds hit the gunman.
Cowan fell to the ground, his shoes just feet from door to the library full of teenagers. The pistol in his hand had seven bullets in the magazine and another in the chamber. He had a second handgun in his back pocket, loaded with five rounds.
“That’s how close he was,” Anderson said. “We all know this could have been much more dangerous.”
Liberal running government are dangerous to the average citizen. They just don’t get the fact bad guys do evil things and government can’t stop them. The police can’t stop them. We can do up a great report because we have plenty of practice at it, but we can’t always beat the bad guy to the punch. If that were so, no police officer would get killed in the line of duty at the hands of a bad guy.
In Connecticut, an example of the thinking of the Leftist mindset shows just how the Left won’t accept that evil exists.
Though Adam Lanza may have committed one of the most heinous crimes in history, had he survived his rampage and been convicted in court, he would not have been sentenced to death. In April of 2012, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and the Democrat-led Connecticut legislature repealed the death penalty on a party-line vote. The law replaced capital punishment with life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
A Quinnipiac poll released on April 25th, indicated that, while Connecticut voters supported the death penalty in general, 62% – 30%, they were evenly divided on the preferred punishment for a person convicted of murder, with 46% stating they would prefer the death penalty, and 46% preferring life in prison with no parole.
Regarding the survey results, poll director Dr. Douglas Schwartz said, “The death penalty is a complex issue for voters, and for pollsters. Connecticut voters want to keep the death penalty, perhaps as an option for the most heinous crimes, such as the Cheshire murders.”
In 2010, Steven Hayes was convicted of the torturous murder of a mother and her two daughters during a home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007. Hayes was sentenced to death following a widely publicized trial, but remains on death row, with no execution date.
In May of 2011, the Democrat-led Connecticut legislature had earlier approved a controversial early release program for prisoners, following an emotional debate among lawmakers. The law allows for early release of prisoners who show good behavior and participate in rehabilitation programs while serving their prison sentence. According to supporters of the bill, prisoners sentenced for violent crimes are not eligible for early release.
However, recent murders in the Connecticut towns of East Hartford and Meriden have been linked to prisoners who were granted early release.
In late June of this year, Frankie Resto, a prisoner released early, allegedly gunned down Ibrahim Ghazal, a convenience store owner in Meriden. Following Resto’s early release, he was not assigned a parole officer. He left Connecticut and violated probation four times before allegedly murdering Ghazal.
In August, Kezlyn Mendez, another early release prisoner, allegedly murdered Luthfur Tarafdar in East Hartford. Despite the suspect’s extensive criminal background, which includes robbery, assault, and violation of probation, Mendez was permitted early release from prison.
In addition, a woman who calls herself “K,” was told, in December of 2011, that John Moniz, a man who was convicted of kidnapping and raping her, would be eligible for the early release program. Moniz had been sentenced to 10 years in prison, when the judge referred to him as “an extremely dangerous predator.”
Years and years ago as a patrolman I arrested a felon on an outstanding felony sexual assault warrant from Connecticut. I took the guy in, processed him, confirmed the warrant and received quite a surprise. They didn’t want him. The aggravated sexual assault warrant was for only Connecticut and surrounding states. They told me that if he stayed in Florida they would be happy to let him alone. It wasn’t so much a warrant as a “stay away from here” warning. I was stunned. What about the victim? What about her day in court? Nope the authorities in Connecticut were quite happy to have me deal with the sexual predator in my state, in my city, rather than to their jobs.
So, I would not be surprised if for some reason Connecticut’s authorities didn’t take SROs being in school as an important safety precaution, it’s been that way for a long time.