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St. Louis County Police Chief Wants to Arm School Officials With Guns

In the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch will visit schools this week to discuss increasing security, including putting guns in elementary schools.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and police officers will begin visiting St. Louis County schools Monday morning, according to KMOV.

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Fitch said he's received numerous calls from area schools concerned about security since Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, CT elementary school. 

Fitch acknowledges that most high schools and some middle schools, including those in West County, have armed school resource officers. 

However, elementary schools are not normally protected by officers. Fitch wants to see armed resource officers or armed school officials in those schools, according to KSDK.

He points out that Sandy Hook Elementary School conducted threat drills and locked its doors once class started, but that did not stop suspected shooter Adam Lanza from gunning down 20 children and six women Friday. 

St. Louis area schools also lock their doors when class starts and conduct threat drills. However, this week, Fitch plans to meet with school officials throughout the county to discuss increasing security at schools even more. 

His proposal includes putting guns in the schools, particularly the elementary schools. He said the weapons would remain locked up with trained staff members having access to them in an emergency. 

What do you think about Chief Fitch's proposal? Do you have a better suggestion? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

Watch KMOV's entire here.

Watch KSDK's story here. 

Christine Einig December 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I am a former principal and never would want to be responsible for having a loaded gun in my school whether it was locked or not. Principals are asked to do too much as it is. What about cameras around the schools so hopefully you might see someone coming who could pose a threat. Also what about call buttons like the banks have to notify police.
Geordie McBain December 19, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I am think the reality of these school shootings is that criminals know they are 'gun free zones' so they can slaughter unarmed people. I feel the police chief has a reasonable idea. Its unfortunate that we have to think like this now, but this idea sounds better than stricter gun control does. Criminals already have their guns or access to them via black market. What I want to know also is if the police reports in the Sandy Hook tragedy reveal if any of the weapons this perpetrator used were locked up in a safe, or had cable locks on them? I feel that so many Americans are armed but they do not have their guns locked up properly. I try to "gun proof" my kids to this fact. My kids may end up at someones house who is irresponsible with their gun access. How many accidental shootings do you hear about where kids were playing with guns that were not safely stored? Its part of the responsibility as a gun owner to make sure it is unaccessible to unauthorized users, be it theft, curious children, evil doers, etc.
sam lee December 27, 2012 at 06:41 AM
the massacre starts happening - how long will it take the police to respond?

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