Encounters between armed, plain-clothed teachers and responding police officers “could end in a bad way.” That’s part of what NASRO executive director Mo Canady told HLN during a live interview Feb. 20, 2018.
Canady was referring to the possibility that officers could mistake teachers for assailants in active shooter situations. He also expressed concerns about how mentally prepared a teacher can be to take another person’s life, especially if the assailant is a student. Law enforcement officers, Canady said, spend careers training for such possibilities.
Canady emphasized that every school should have at least one carefully selected, specially trained school resource officer and that some schools should have more than one.
“We fund everything else that we’re concerned about in a community,” Canady told HLN. “Why can’t we fund an SRO, whether it’s through federal funds, state funds, or local funds, to protect our students on campus?”