Viewers Voice: Would you pay for officers at every school?
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CREATED Aug. 21, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Protecting students has been a priority for parents and school leaders for years but recent school shootings are prompting districts to take action.
"Used to be the education of the child was the most important and now, the reality of the world, is the safety of the child is the most important thing," said Mike Riley with Charlotte County schools.
Come October, all 17 Charlotte County schools will have cops on campus. The cost will be divided between the school district, the sheriff's department and the Punta Gorda Police Department.
Many parents would like the same for their child's school but covering the cost is the next hurdle.
For example Lee County commissioners say there's not enough money to provide officers at every school.
David calling Fox Four has one suggestion.
"I think what we ought to do is use the National Guard. That would be the best way to do it."
Caroline from Alva says she supports resource officers in schools but admits she's seen more socializing in some cases and may have a hard time paying for it.
"I think it's a great idea however he should be walking the hallways and monitoring what's going on," said Caroline.
Charlotte county school leaders say just the presence of officers at school will deter crime.