We can look at this in two ways: we can either pay for the therapists in our schools now, or very possibly pay (at a much higher rate) for incarceration later. According to my wife, those in attendance were lauded for the proactive thinking shown in Cass County for the work between various agencies. It is my opinion that placing licensed therapists in our schools is a far better alternative to armed guards. Do not misinterpret my belief that our kids should be safe in schools-they should, absolutely-however, I feel that placing armed guards in schools is not the best practice for safety. I think it sends the wrong signal to our students and society at large, that violence is the only way to settle differences.
Michael S. Ayers