[Ed. – School shootings send a pretty negative message, too.]
School police officers should go unarmed because guns send a “negative message” to students, according to an op-ed posted on the American Civil Liberties Union’s website.
Harold Jordan, a senior policy advocate for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, believes that resource officers at Pittsburgh city schools should be forced to continue working without guns, because there’s no evidence that arming them would increase safety.
“Having officers patrol the hallways with firearms sends a negative message to students,” Jordan wrote. “It makes many students feel that they are being treated like suspects.”
“Places of learning are not security zones or criminal justice institutions, and they should not be staffed that way,” Jordan argued.