Knox County parents mixed on armed resource officers in schools

Knox County parents mixed on armed resource officers in schools

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"It bothers me to think that we have to have an armed guard in elementary school," John Eldridge said. "It bothers me to think that we have to have an armed guard in elementary school," John Eldridge said.
"Security really should be beefed up because if they let stuff like that go on, there's no telling what could happen next," parent Karen Jackson said. "Security really should be beefed up because if they let stuff like that go on, there's no telling what could happen next," parent Karen Jackson said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre has said he would like to see an armed resource officer in every school in the system, but some parents aren't sure it's the right way to improve security.

"It bothers me to think that we have to have an armed guard in elementary school," John Eldridge said.

Eldridge has an eight-year-old grandson at Sequoyah Elementary School and said while he sympathizes with the victims' family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, he questions whether adding armed guards is an overreaction.

"All that will do to someone who really wants to do what happened in Sandy Hook is the armed guard would be the first person knocked out," Eldridge said.

But other parents said an armed guard could help stop a potentially deadly situation.

"It would be a good idea especially with the younger kids in elementary school," parent Calvin Cherry said. "How are they supposed to protect themselves in a predicament like that?"

Another proposal the school board is considering includes an independent security audit of five to six schools.

Some parents said an audit could help identify the weaknesses in school security.

Karen Jackson has a ten-year-old daughter in the Knox County school system and said her daughter's cell phone was stolen from her backpack at school.

Jackson said it's time for the school system to figure out where it needs improvement most to start making the changes necessary to fix the problem.

"Security really should be beefed up because if they let stuff like that go on, there's no telling what could happen next," Jackson said.

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