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Letter: Shooting last straw, time to arm school personnel

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Paul T. Lightle


To the editor:

After reading the article “Security Lessons” in the Daily Journal Dec. 19, as a former law enforcement officer, it’s clear (to me) the school system administrators in Johnson county are missing the point.

Sandy Hook had one of the newest security systems in the nation, and still this terrible act happened. It’s not about the thickest doors or the best locks, it’s about having someone armed in the schools, whether it be off-duty police officers, teachers or staff having the training needed to carry or have a weapon in a secure location inside the classroom.

The only way to stop someone shooting is with deadly force, and school administrators need to realize that while our students need to be free of weapons, it’s time that school personnel should be armed.

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