Should Local Schools Have Armed Guards?

One district in New Jersey already voted to hire guards for schools.

Less than a week after a , a New Jersey school district took action, with its board of education approving to hire armed security guards at each of its buildings.

Another debate about gun control regulations and laws was sparked after the massacre in Newtown, with many calling for stricter legislations and enforcement. On the other side, the National Rifle Association said it recommended schools hire armed guards, as the board approved in Marlboro.

But what about the schools in our area? Do you think the Chester Consolidated School District, as well as the West Morris Regional School District, should look at hiring armed guards in the schools? How about Mendham Township and Mendham Borough? What about changes in current security systems in those districts? 

Tell us in the comments section below what you believe should be done–if anything–locally.

Henry Krinkle December 28, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Placing armed guards in schools would set a horrible and very regrettable precedent. Certainly mass murders are on the rise but not enough to be hitting the panic button and fostering a police state. As horrible as the latest tragedy is. people are overreacting and need to back off the panic button. Families and friends should take more responsibility in getting proper help for those who are unstable and taking stronger precautions when storing weapons. Too much denial in those areas can lead to horrific consequences but turning schools into prison-like operations is ridiculous and would be a tragegy in itself.
Henry Krinkle December 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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Henry Krinkle December 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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Natalie December 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Jennifer Loheac December 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
No. People are not thinking this through. Who is going to pay for an armed guard at the school? There's also a presumption that someone intent on murder is coming through the front door so that an armed guard gets the first shot. Wouldn't a metal detector be more prudent for the student, teacher or other inside the building who loses control? Also, this doesn't solve the problem. Don't we then need armed guards at every playground, mall, gym, etc.? If someone is intent on doing violence to a large group of people, that person can get it done. The real problem is making it easy to find weapons that can cause mass destruction. I agree with much of the conversation that this isn't a 2nd Amendment problem. A right to carry arms should not be so open-ended that it can include automatic weapons. Clearly, at the time of drafting, some of these weapons were not even contemplated.


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