White House Considers Funding More Police Officers in Public Schools
According to the Washington Post, the White House is considering the prospects of supplying funding for a larger police presence in public schools.
The measure would be one element of a broad gun violence initiative that would include “a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks.”
The school safety plan would set aside funds for schools that want more police on their campuses, as well as better surveillance equipement.
The idea is gaining currency among some Democratic lawmakers, who see it as a potential area of common ground with Republicans who otherwise oppose stricter restrictions on firearms. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal Democrat from California, said she presented the plan to Vice President Biden and that he was “very, very interested” and may include it in the policy recommendations he makes to President Obama.
“If a school district wants to have a community policing presence, I think it’s very important they have it,” Boxer said in an interview Thursday. “If they want uniformed officers, they can do it. If they want plainclothed officers, they can do it.”
Is putting more police officers in our public schools a good idea?
Will the White House initiative on gun violence speak to the needs and experiences of black youth?
Sound off below!