The special police officers who patrol Boston’s schools depend mainly on their wits to defuse situations. That’s all the unarmed force has to fall back on. Even their aging radio system is incapable of communicating directly with the Boston Police or city’s emergency medical services.
The recent mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., has stimulated a lot of discussion on how best to secure schools from armed intruders. Some of the proposals are overheated, but the Menino administration shouldn’t categorically dismiss the idea of arming school-police officers, who are trained at police academies.