Thursday, January 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE…State funding for school security, after declining for years because of the lagging economy, will likely rise this year as lawmakers consider more deputies, unarmed guards, bulletproof glass and other measures in response to the Connecticut school massacre.
The state Department of Education has requested only a minimal increase — $400,000 — for its $64.5 million safe schools program for the budget year beginning July 1. But that proposal was developed before the December shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, chairman of the Senate education budget panel, said lawmakers would continue shaping an overall security policy for the schools, while trying to get more specific data on the costs of such issues as security officers.
Costs for security officers and how they’re covered vary across the state. Galvano said he expected the Senate would focus on at least three security-related issues, including the use of security officers and technology improvements, such as radios or security cameras for the schools.
Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, a former Sarasota school board member and a member of the education budget panel, said in addition to security officers and other safety improvements, Florida canprevent some future tragedies by providing an adequate number of school guidance counselors. Detert has filed a bill (SB 154) that requires districts to have a certain number of counselors based on their student populations.
Why did mass murderers like Adam Lanza and James Holmes, both with high IQ’s, both gamers and both loners, choose their targets and kill Innocent adults and children who they had no previous contact with. Was it the infusion of violent video games were you kill hundreds of your enemy and earn points that influenced goofballs Adam Lanza and James Holmes in their bizarre world. Why were their targets unprotected, don’t we deserve to go to a movie or send our children to school and not have to worry about some crazed wack job shooting up the place?
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com