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Old 01-19-2011, 07:15 PM
 
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Default Police in Fort Mill Schools

Just curious, why are there armed police in each Fort Mill middle school and high school? That means five paid police officers sitting in schools all day long ( two high schools and three middle schools)! I can understand the need for security guards to be there to assist with traffic and general behavior issues, but armed police officers EVERY day? This seems like a waste of tax payer money for us and a very boring job for them.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, sc
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Default think about it

between 750 kids at each middle school and 1200 at each high school 30% of the population of Fort Mill is centrally located during the day. Things happen when any large groups gather.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill
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Just curious, why are there armed police in each Fort Mill middle school and high school? That means five paid police officers sitting in schools all day long ( two high schools and three middle schools)! I can understand the need for security guards to be there to assist with traffic and general behavior issues, but armed police officers EVERY day? This seems like a waste of tax payer money for us and a very boring job for them.
I thought Fort Mill had some of the best schools in the area? It doesnt seem like "that" type of town. Ive never heard of any issues at either high school that needed police involvement.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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Just curious, why are there armed police in each Fort Mill middle school and high school? That means five paid police officers sitting in schools all day long ( two high schools and three middle schools)! I can understand the need for security guards to be there to assist with traffic and general behavior issues, but armed police officers EVERY day? This seems like a waste of tax payer money for us and a very boring job for them.
That doesn't sound out of the norm. It is needed, especially in today's world with the stuff that goes around in other schools in the country. No matter how good a school is, it only takes one student to take it over the edge. Having a police presense helps prevent that stuff from occuring.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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I'm from a small town in CT, and we had an armed cop at my high school everyday. It's sad to say, but it was needed because we had some system where inner city kids came to our high school. The majority of the problems: fights, drugs, etc were started by those kids & with bomb threats and everything else these days, I don't think it matters what kind of town you are - stuff may happen.

Does Fort Mill have a system in which Charlotte kids can attend their schools? I'm not saying that's why there's an armed cop there, but I was unsure. I think parents would rather know their kids are in safe heads when they go to school, especially this day in age.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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My daughter used to go to South Charlotte schools. They had police. We also used to live in a very large apartment complex teeming with kids and is right next to Providence High. There are at least 2 cop cars in there as well when kids walk to the front of the complex to take the bus, and when the bus unloads.

I live in Fort Mill and police is there in case people from the outside also pose a threat to the students. There were at least 2 incidents of lockdowns in 2010 alone due to a possible threat from a criminal under pursuit. I think FM schools make good use of taxpayer dollars. I'd rather they be there at school opening and closing than hanging around the streets radaring people for speeding tickets.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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I guess I can understand. I'm just accustomed to a regular, un-armed security guard at a school with the police being called in if there is a need.
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Shakedown Street
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I have no problems with what Fort Mill decides. I guess when you live in a nice town like we do the cops have to do something.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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They are called School Resource Officers. It is my understanding that their presence isn't just to ensure safety. It is to help create a bond between the officer and teens. Part of their job is to get to know the kids, to make their presence known, to foster a relationship between law enforcement and teens. I think that's a great concept. Kids have to feel safer for having the officers there...and I would assume it to be a deterent to kids trying to sell drugs, bring weapons, start fights etc.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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I guess I can understand. I'm just accustomed to a regular, un-armed security guard at a school with the police being called in if there is a need.
yeah...i think those days are in the past !!
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