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Armed police in school a double-edged sword

A 25-year-old man entered Frederick Douglass High School shortly after noon and shot a hall monitor, police said. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun video)

I would address the subject of arming police in Baltimore City schools as a dual-edged sword (“Arming school police is the wrong response to the Douglass shooting,” Feb. 27).

If police do not carry weapons, they will not only be unable to prevent armed assailants from doing deadly harm, they will not even be able to protect themselves. In essence, the police would become just another target. With weapons, the police would be a force in which they would have the ability to stop an assault. When the police prevent the first actual incident from occurring, supporters of arming the police will be patting themselves on the back and extolling the high-mindedness and merit of their decision.

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On the other hand, when the first innocent student is mistakenly shot by the police, there will be a tsunami of critics of arming the police and placing the blame on police ineptitude and incompetence.

I may suggest placing bars on all windows and doors with automatic metal detectors in these places. Or perhaps this sounds too much like a prison.

Martin A Silvert, Rosedale

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