GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

April 11, 2013

Letter: Gloucester and must place guards in schools


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

In the wake of the March 27 School Committee hearing on school security, Superintendent Safier has talked about a “plan” with the idea implied that he is one step ahead on the planning process.

He will lock the doors now, and institute a “resource officer” at the high school, but with nothing for O’Maley or the four elementary schools.

My question to him: If the resource officer moves around the buildings and campus grounds and is not at the front door all the time, is that officer not at a disadvantage if someone burst in and began shooting? Will not some get hurt while the lone “resource officer” in the city tries to get on top of things while waiting for backup?

Front door security is what the issue is, it is the only pro-active method to stop anything. Anything less is RE-active, too late, and with possible losses.

The offer of a “resource officer” is nothing but a scrap from the liberal table. It addresses nothing and can only accomplish nothing.

In Mr. Garberg’s foggy screed (the Times, Friday, April 5), at least he is up front at the end and says he is a “gun control” guy. I appreciate a stand-up guy, even if he’s not on the side I’m on.

I have come to believe that those on the liberal left, though none would admit it, would quietly be pleased with another Newtown in hopes it would further their agenda. They are out there — about one third of the Newtown victim’s families are with Obama, about a third have spoken out on mental health, illegal weapons, and the foolishness of more “laws” solving anything, and about a third have been silent. He parades these families around in support of an old, old, agenda that has nothing to do with Newtown. That to me is evil to make political use of their profound grief.

It was Chief Campanello’s statement that the idea is a “knee jerk reaction” is very surprising.

I’m sure he’s a great guy, a great cop, with a great background, or he wouldn’t have the job. I would submit my definition of a knee jerk reaction to the chief: It’s when dispatch gets a call about shots fired at Sandy Hook Elementary. shooting is still occurring as they enter, and they hear the last shot fired.

They enter the two classrooms and see it all. By 10 a.m., they declare the incident over. After that, I see teams on the roof, state police, swat teams, guys in full military combat gear, and fire trucks clogging the narrow lane from the firehouse to the school. There was enough firepower to defend half of Connecticut on that lane, yet there was nothing for them to do. They were way too late.

Now that, sir, is a knee-jerk reaction.

I hope the Gloucester School Committee and City Council will see beyond an old dangerous agenda and come to a common sense plan relying on pro-active front door security. Anything else will fail. I hope it never happens, but if Chief Campanello ever gets “that” call, he is already too late.

Gloucester is in a financially fortunate position to get this done now through a mixture of sources. Please do this.

MIKE BOWIE

Gloucester and Ft. Myers, Fla.