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Jan. 08, 2013 @ 10:35 PM

School kids need police protection

Recent news reports say parents of a child who survived the Connecticut school shooting are suing the school and/or state for failing to provide a safe environment for their child.

The question here is whether schools are responsible for the safety of children while these children are in their care? And are schools negligent when children are hurt, harmed or murdered while in their care?

If there is a known threat to children in school, and the school does nothing to protect the children from that threat, and the children are hurt or killed due to that known threat, is the school liable?

Recent history of school murders in high schools, elementary schools and colleges and universities, including the murders of 20 small children in the Connecticut school, makes it clear that there are crazy/psychotic/psychopathic murderers in our society who will murder children if given the opportunity.

Therefore, there is a known threat to our children in schools. Most colleges and universities have police officers on campus. According to recent news reports, some high schools and elementary schools now have police protection in schools. Most high schools and elementary schools have buzzers to buzz people in, and security cameras, but most do not have mature, properly trained police officers at the door.

It's been noted here that the president, Congress and governors have police protection. Should our children have police protection from psychopathic murderers in our schools?

Most people of average intelligence will agree that there is a real threat to our children in schools. Are the school and/or state liable for not providing proper police protection for our children, when that negligence results in children being murdered?

Lannie Ray

Varney, Ky.

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