To The Editor:
The decision to remove the School Resource Officer from McGee Middle School is troubling and unwise. Our towns’ government has a responsibility to provide public safety services to this entire community and that includes ALL Berlin schools and the children therein.
The costs of the SROs pale in comparison to the many benefits derived and it is difficult to comprehend how such a vital position is eliminated.
We are far too often reminded of the unspeakable horrors happening in schools across this country.
On Friday, February 23, 2018, shock waves tore through Berlin following a reported threat to one of our schools, causing chaos and fear. Thankfully, this threat was not deemed credible, but the message it delivered was serious, and that is Berlin is not exempt from such possibilities.
The McGee SRO should be reinstated immediately and get back to interacting with the students and staff and be available should evil present itself. Our community and students deserve no less.