Mississippi Proposes Police In All Schools

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(Southaven, MS) Kelly Shrader says there’s nothing she wouldn’t spend to keep her children safe in school.

She likes the idea of armed officers in every building, ”I’m actually for it. I’m OKwith it as long as it protects our kids."

Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves wants to set aside 7.5 million dollars to pay for an officer in every school in a 50-50 match with local districts.

He says such a move would prevent a Sandy Hook shooting from happening here, ”We started looking immediately at ways our state could ensure that we mitigate and manage the risk."

Reeves says it would up the ante in districts that already have some security.

DeSoto County Schools has 18 school resource officers for it’s 40 some schools, several of which share a campus.

They claim a response time of 2 to 4 minutes in cases of emergency.

While there’s debate here about whether schools need more officers, the Sheriff says he’s ready to take over school security .

”If that comes about, it needs to be under one administration but that’s some of the things we have to work out,” said Sheriff Bill Rasco.

Another thing to work out, is how to pay for it locally.

Reeves also wants the state to send information to the FBI about people with potential mental problems to keep them from getting guns.