Our View: Don’t short-change our students’ safety

By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald correspondent
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In the coming weeks, Rocklin Unified School District officials will meet with Rocklin police to figure out a way to keep Rocklin’s safe schools even more so.

Recently, Superintendent Kevin Brown suggested volunteers and even parent patrols be deployed in schools. It would be short-changing our kids to have people with no experience in threat assessment patrolling our schools. School resource officers, or youth service officers, as they are also called, have been successfully protecting Rocklin’s high schools. Sadly, they were cut out of the 2009 budget for middle schools.

At $125,000 each, officials may be unwilling to add more. But how much are the lives of our children worth? School resource officers provide counseling to kids, intelligence for crime fighting and juvenile law tips to inquiring school officials. There is so much they do every day. They also come with important post-Columbine know-how that would be invaluable in a situation we all fear.

It’s time to put politics aside and give Rocklin School Re-source Officers Elizabeth Davis and Kyle Hollis, and the Rocklin children they protect and defend, some much-needed back-up.