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St. Louis County Police Chief Wants to Arm School Officials With Guns

In the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch will visit schools this week to discuss increasing security, including putting guns in elementary schools.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and police officers will begin visiting St. Louis County schools Monday morning, according to KMOV.

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Fitch said he's received numerous calls from area schools concerned about security since Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, CT elementary school. 

Fitch acknowledges that most high schools and some middle schools, including those in West County, have armed school resource officers. 

However, elementary schools are not normally protected by officers. Fitch wants to see armed resource officers or armed school officials in those schools, according to KSDK.

He points out that Sandy Hook Elementary School conducted threat drills and locked its doors once class started, but that did not stop suspected shooter Adam Lanza from gunning down 20 children and six women Friday. 

St. Louis area schools also lock their doors when class starts and conduct threat drills. However, this week, Fitch plans to meet with school officials throughout the county to discuss increasing security at schools even more. 

His proposal includes putting guns in the schools, particularly the elementary schools. He said the weapons would remain locked up with trained staff members having access to them in an emergency. 

What do you think about Chief Fitch's proposal? Do you have a better suggestion? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

Watch KMOV's entire here.

Watch KSDK's story here. 

Asher selindh December 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
We will all need to have bullet proof vests and fire arms that way no one will get hurt, if we do nothing we need to at least remove the cause and ignore the symptoms,that way we can always find someone to blame anyone that is except ourselves, Man the torpedo's
Cynthia C. December 19, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Yes, It is not only guns but other weapons that have killed innocent people/children all over the world. Yes, it makes sense that if some teachers are trained and carry weapons, there would be an unknown factor that could thwart people with malicious intentions. However, allowing firearms inside the schools opens up another can of worms. What happens if a student or a fellow school employee learns where the weapons are being kept in the school, and uses that information in order to cause harm? - a disgruntled employee, a mentally fragile student? There isn't an ideal answer to this problem. Knee-jerk reactions are not what we need. Just throwing this out there, but what about teaching school staff and students self-defense? That would help fulfill PE requirements and it would at least give somewhat a sense of power. At least they wouldn't all feel so helpless. And maybe as a group they could thwart an attacker. Of course, they would need to be taught that they should use these skills cautiously.
Claire Chosid December 19, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I grew up in a family of hunters. My grandfather, father, siblings, spouse and children handle guns safely and enjoy the sport of shooting clays, target practice and duck hunting. My daughter had a sports scholarship and was on the woman's rifle team at University of Nebraska. She and my husband have won many awards through the sport of rifle shooting. I would hope, that if I were in a shopping mall in Portland, or a movie theater, or a college campus or a City Hall meeting, and a madman started shooting, I was accompanied by a person with a conceal and carry permit. A little known fact is this: an off-duty security guard (who was shopping with a friend) at the mall in Portland had a legal conceal/carry permit. He aimed his weapon at the mall shooter, but didn't fire because he saw a shopper directly behind the murderer. At that point, the shooter took his own life. Two people were killed, the cops hadn't reached the killer before he took his own life. It could have been much worse. There is no one solution to "cure" this horrific stream of violence. But, if armed sharpshooters guarded our schools, would that be enough of a threat to halt this insanity? It's worth a strong discussion.
just4fun March 08, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I find this funny Mr. Frank as I have seen you at a local Gun Show.
Karl Frank Jr. March 08, 2013 at 05:33 PM
LOL. I don't know who you think you saw...but it wasn't me.

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