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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.
At the obelisk statue in the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico there is a very polite sign explaining why the word “savage” is used in the etchings on the memorial. It is a memorial dedicated to soldiers who fought for the Union and battled Native Americans in the West. Preview Open
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