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Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists, an approach to safety that’s far different than a national push to add police or arm teachers after a mass shooting at a Florida high school.
Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, a Hillside Democrat, said he proposed the plan after hearing from advocates who argue that investing in mental health resources is the best way of treating the epidemic of violence.
The Santa Fe High School shooter was engaged within four minutes, and the gun battle according to the latest reports lasted about 25 minutes.* You’re going to need a lot of therapists, at least enough of them that can hold on for 26 minutes. I’ve seen some articles that say having an armed officer, or that officers weren’t the solution because the shooter still killed students. I’d hate to think about what the shooter could have done if he hadn’t had to spend that 25 minutes engaged with police officers.
Once someone starts planning to kill his fellow students, brings two firearms, and explosives to school we have moved beyond therapists as a solution to the immediate problem.
I hope that legislators have good health care plans that include hernia treatment. Trying to hold up both ends of this type of discussion is definitely a hernia risk.
* The final report and timeline of the investigation have not been finalized, this information came from a law enforcement officer from the Santa Fe area in a television interview.