Sheriff Fries Makes Case For More Cops In Schools

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries says it's time for the nation to boost police presence in schools to deter mass killings like the one in Newtown Connecticut.

He has some strong opinions about attacking this problem.

He is probably most adamant that more parents should put their foot down and say “no” to young kids playing violent video games.

He is convinced that plays a big role in school shootings, claiming the shooters exhibit more deadly accuracy after practicing on their home television screens.

The chain of events at Sandy Hook Elementary School disgusts Fries, like so many other American citizens.

The funerals of the victims this week serve to make the pain even worse.

But Fries says the loud cries for assault weapon bans and other forms of gun control are misguided.

Instead, he believes the Connecticut tragedy may have been avoided, if police officers were roaming the halls.

" If there had been an armed resistance there, we know we wouldn't have had this many casualties. He may not even have gone to that place, and perhaps if we start having more officers, more armed resistance at schools, they will no longer become targets, because right now they're the sheep, and there is no shepherd watching over them," said Fries.

Krista Stockman, a spokesperson for Fort Wayne Community Schools, says the district has a school resource officer in each of the district's five high schools now, and one more officer who rotates through the middle and elementary schools.

She says FWCS would like a bigger police presence, but it would cost a lot of money, and Stockman asked how would Sheriff Fries propose to pay for it.




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