I said it before, I’ll say it again: school resource officers (SROs) are a bad idea. Deploying an SRO in a school is both expensive and unnecessary (armed teachers, administrators and staff are a far better defense against terrorists, criminals and crazies). SROs can also be a recipe for trouble. Yes, the evidence I submitted in my last post – a list of cases of physical and sexual abuse perpetuated by SROs in high schools – was anecdotal. But why take the risk? Anyway, I forgot to mention negligent discharges. Click here for an SRO ND from August 2013. Or here for one from 2011. And here’s this week’s example [via Pennsylvania’s wnep.com] . . .
SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A school police officer is off the job after his gun went off inside a high school in Wayne County . . .
“At approximately 11 a.m. our school police officer, while in his office, inadvertently discharged his firearm,” said the recording of Western Wayne Superintendent Clay LaCoe.
Some eight hours earlier, the school district was just starting to deal with the incident at the high school near Waymart.
The superintendent would not say how the gun went off or what school police officer Paul Semler was doing at the time since the Wayne County District Attorney is now investigating.
wnep.com repeats the phrase “went off” no less than five time. That’s a new record for our Passively Constructed archives! Anyway, lesson learned?
A detective with the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office was at the Western Wayne High School one day after that gun went off. That school police officer is off the job without pay until that investigation is complete.
“Well I`m sure the party wasn`t using all their smarts,” said Jeff who didn’t want his last name used.
Now investigators are looking into whether Semler, a retired state trooper who’s been with the district for several years, should be charged with reckless endangerment all because a school staff member was in the office at the time the gun went off.
“I think he`s going to be a lot more careful next time, I don`t think it`ll happen again,” added Jeff.
Now the school district will wait for the investigation to wrap up before making any decisions.
“This could have been tragic and we`re just thankful nobody was hurt,” said LaCoe.
Western Wayne has two other school police officers who will handle the job while Semler is off the job, according to LaCoe.
A few thing to get off my chest here . . .
1. Can you imagine the you-know-what storm that would ensue if a pistol-packing parent touched off a negligent discharge inside a school? Because it was a cop, though, the idiot gets a free ride – to the point where the media uses passive construction to avoid any idea of personal responsibility.
2. Antis constantly yammer on about how it’s OK for cops to carry where non-cop civilians can’t because they’re trained professionals. How professional was that? (Not to mention that Concealed Carry Permit Holders are One Third as Likely to Commit Murder as Police Officers.)
3. I am not anti-cop. Police play a critical role in maintaining social order and protecting the innocent. I am anti-bad cop. And I’m anti cops being in places they shouldn’t be, such as drunk driving “check points” and our schools.