Newtown shooting: 'In Loco Parentis' and the protection of our children
When seconds count, the police are just minutes away
Unless you studied Latin during your upbringing, you probably don’t know that “In Loco Parentis” is a Latin term meaning, “In place of the parents.”
Before saying one word more, every school in the nation should have in place right now an on-scene armed response capability while school is in session.
This precaution is necessary to prepare for the inevitable Lanza copy-cat, who will attempt a follow-up somewhere.
Legislators can assist school administrators in this mission by passing legislation:
• Making it easier for teachers to discipline students without fear of litigation.
School administrators nationwide have taken great strides in making the school environment as physically secure as possible. Few have prepared, however, to present an immediate armed defense if visited by a shooter with a mind set on large scale carnage.
It has been said before, “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.”
The media is awash with people proclaiming, “There are too many guns in this country and that is why these deaths occur.”
On the other hand there are those who declare “There were not enough guns at that scene. There needed to be one more gun there in the hands of an honorable gunfighter to stop the threat.”
While the argument rages, in most schools still nothing stands between children and the next subspecies of human being killing his way into the headlines except some locked doors and the noble intentions of unarmed educators.
The time for asking, “Should there be guns in schools?” has passed. Believe me when I say that as you read these words the next Adam Lanza is blankly staring at the news coverage of Newtown to the “click, click, click,” sound of loading magazines.
How do schools prepare for this worst case scenario? What kind of options do schools have?
• A police officer in every school?
What is a PTTAA?
They would be a roster of volunteers, who meet together, train together and arrange for a low key, but constant armed presence in all schools.
Each member of the group that is not law enforcement or retired law enforcement would be required to go through the process to obtain a concealed carry permit. They should be initially screened and trained, before being added to the volunteer team. After initial training, the members would meet regularly to have that training, both legal and tactical, updated.
The PTTAA would schedule a low key concealed carry presence, during school hours as well as a beefed up presence, during special events. They would carry radio communications allowing direct contact with 911. Each on duty member would carry a firearm, with reload capability. Their one responsibility would be a constant armed over-watch of students, our most precious commodity.
Something to think about...
Call To Arms!
What parent would not do the same for their child?
Since the parents were not there, those teachers threw themselves into harm’s way and laid down their lives without hesitation “in loco parentis.”
Never until now in history of the United States has the loss of the lives of 26 innocents ever inspired a call to disarm in America.
“Remember Newtown!” is not a call to disarm, but a CALL TO ARMS!
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