Cumberland Times-News

July 17, 2013

School security is a job that should be left to the pros

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Shouldn’t “school security” be determined by qualifications, not who has the money or who is in control?

The Allegany County Board of Education has one member with a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in economics, another with a bachelor of science in business administration, another with a bachelor of arts in English and a master’s in publications, another with bachelor of science in psychology and juris doctor in law, and one with a doctor’s degree in education.  

All are qualified to sit on the board of education. None, not one, is qualified to design a security system/program for Allegany County public and private schools.

Please let the experts in the Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland Police and Maryland State Police design this program, and give them the funds to make their program successful.  

The county commissioners also lack security design expertise. The board of education provided “SRO’s,” school resource officers.

This is being politically correct; shouldn’t these security persons be “school security officers,” letting the children know they are secure?

Shouldn’t the public know that these “SRO’s” are armed with Glock 9mm pistols and are trained to use them?

Board of Education President Ed Root is quoted as saying, “We all have the same goal, it doesn’t make any difference how we get there.”

Really Dr. Root, do you feel the same about education, “It doesn’t make any difference how we get there?”

 Richard Beeghly

Cumberland