Thanks for asking our question over at K-12 News Network, +Kimberley Blaine
! I'm so glad you are an advocate for mental health and prevention. Thank you for using the bully pulpit so well, and letting Vice President Biden know what questions some parents have.
If folks on this page are concerned that creating funding for increased police presence can have really bad, unintended consequences, please sign our K12NN petition to the Obama administration: http://www.k12newsnetwork.com/2013/01/no-teachers-with-guns-no-police-in-schools/
What might some of those unintended consequences be?
1. Increased police presence --> more at-risk kids pushed into the school-to-prison pipeline. See: http://www.aclu.org/racial-justice/school-prison-pipeline
2. "Militia"-style vigilante activity at or near schools with an agenda other than school safety: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-23/news/sns-rt-us-usa-arizona-possebre90n01g-20130123_1_america-s-toughest-sheriff-school-patrols-posse-member
3. Day-to-day, more children subjected to gun accidents through the human fallibility of armed guards instead of horrendous, random mass shootings: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/18/newly-hired-school-guard-leaves-unattended-handgun-in-student-bathroom/
4. Flawed proposals to arm teachers, who are already tasked with the important job of teaching (listen to the wisdom of these Oklahomans, many of whom are experienced gun owners): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/guns-in-school_n_2499499.html
Let's do the sane thing and emphasize prevention and better delivery of mental health treatments to youth at schools themselves, and in our community health clinics.
I'd also add that the brave Haller family, who lost a dear nephew in the Newtown shootings, have taken the step of looking at what can be done to make schools safer. They propose funding for review of school safety plans, as opposed to making funding available outright for School Resource Officers as the Obama administration appears to want. Take a look at the Haller family's proposals here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_pUicax-KhiMHg3MklzenR5ZWc/preview?pli=1