In the wake of the Connecticut school massacre, some Staten Island parents are calling for armed guards in schools.
Twenty children and six adults died inside Sandy Hook Elementary School when Adam Lanza shot his way into the building. Now Staten Island parents are proposing that armed Air Marshall-like officers, who are retired cops, patrol schools to keep them safe.
It’s in keeping with the interesting proposal by the National Rifle Association but way out of line with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s stance on gun control.
A few days ago on ABC’s Nightline the Mayor Bloomberg was asked about a similar proposal to put National Guard troops in schools. Bloomberg called that idea “ridiculous.”
The parents, members of the Staten Island Education Council say the guards would be in plain clothes so as not to alarm kids. But the mayor has an army of more than 34,000 cops and he has not moved to put armed cops in schools to prevent another Connecticut.
Parents hope to bring this up for a vote at next months school board meeting.