The best $72,000 we’ll ever spend

Every public school in every state should employ at least one school resource officer — and that position should be funded by the federal government.

It is time we put as much effort into protecting our kids as we do our politicians and airports.

And it is time that politicians stop using school shootings to further political agendas like gun control instead of formulating a meaningful plan that might actually stop some of these instances from happening altogether.

The answer should begin with a police presence in our schools.

Following the Dec. 14, 2012 elementary school shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn. that killed 20 children and six adults, parents of the Ticonderoga school district asked for just that — a full-time police officer assigned to the district.

Unfortunately, the Ticonderoga Police Department simply does not have the manpower to fulfill that request. At times, there is only one officer on duty, and having that officer patrolling only the school would not serve the needs of the community as a whole.

To the department’s credit, they have agreed to increase patrols at the district’s three schools and will be there during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.

That’s a start, as are security upgrades made by area schools such as locating cameras throughout buildings, locking doors and requiring identification to enter during school hours.

But is it enough? The answer, is no.

We pour billions of dollars every year into homeland security. We place full-body scanners at our airports. We surround our elected officials with nearly impenetrable systems and security details costing taxpayers millions.

And yet we can’t afford to protect our kids at school? Why should it be so difficult to protect our nation’s most precious and vulnerable people — our children?

Ti PD Chief Mark Johns has the right idea. He suggested a full-time school resource officer be hired and assigned to the school.

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