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Proposal would put more law enforcement in schools

WILMINGTON -- Wilmington Police officers and New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies may join forces to patrol local schools. After several recent lockdowns at local schools the WPD asked City Council to hire four police officers to work alongside the sheriff's deputies. They would help patrol Hoggard and New Hanover High Schools, along with five area middle schools. The proposal would cost the city around $100,000 and could go into effect by January.

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Law Enforcement in Schools

There was a time when Law Enforcement was only in Public Schools on Career Day. There was a time when students were taught, at home, the school was a place to "earn" an education and to prepare oneself for a responsible future. There was a time when a note or telephone call to the parents of a wayward student, from the school, could bring an immediate transformation in a student's behaviour. Too bad we've gotten away from that time. Not too long ago, poor grades or misbeahviour in school could result in a star athlete's removal from the team -- not by the Coach or school administration -- but by the parents. Add to that suspension of driving privileges and grounding with no access to telephones or internet; and no going out on Friday or Saturday night; no mall hopping; and plenty of household chores to occupy all of that free time. There was no need for school uniforms; students dressed in a manner which would not embarass the family in public; and failure to comply would result in a quick trip home; a meeting with parents; and detention. Not too long ago, a student pregnancy resulted in the student becoming a pariah in the community; and the family was visited, not by Social Services, but by the family minister and the family elders. They didn't give out condoms or birth control pills in the school health department; family planning and morality began at home. It seems the bleeding heart liberals, who force us to focus on the undisciplined rights of students, forget the rest of us have rights. It's time for Parents to accept responsibility for the misdeeds of these wayward youths; why not have the Parents patrol the school grounds -- or at least the parents of those who seem to be the center of this need for uniformed officers in the school yard. Assuming you can locate the Fathers. Why not suspend the government give away programs and grants for those parents who can not cause their offspring to maintain proper behaviour, in school and the community, and to honor the rights of others to obtain a good education. How many officers, and how many millions of dollars, are tied up keeping order in our school system? When is enough enough? Perhaps some of these gang members would benefit by a 3 year stint in the Green Machine; 3 squares a day; regular pay; learn a useful trade; and benefit from the nurturing guidance of an understanding Gunny from Day 1. You want to learn about loyalty and structure; accomplishing goals; being a responsible citizen; join the Service of your choice. There was a time when a misbehaving juvenile faced the choice of a detention facility or a couple of years in the service of his country. Semper Fi!


Well it is about time this place is ready to admit to all of the violence in and around our schools. I just hope they put more cops at DC Virgo b/c we all know they are infested with gang members. And it will not only be the police's responsibility to keep the innocent children safe those teachers need to grab a back bone and stand up the these children.When the teachers start running the classrooms and stop letting the children tell them what to do then the schools MIGHT become a little safer.And our children might get the education they deserve,instead of the children graduating with bearly a C average.So I am all for putting more police in the schools.And if you ask me they should put medal detectors,and drug dogs in the school also Stop those children from bringing drugs and weapons to school.New Hanover School Board protect our children no matter what the cost...

medal detectors?

Kids bringing "medals" to school..What's the world coming to? When's the last time you were at DC Virgo? Gang members are not just African-American my diluted friend. Do a little research. No one, not even the police is allowed to have the "backbone" you suggest and make kids do anything. Problem kids should end up in a military school where they can get the structure and discipline they crave. If the parent(s) can't stay out of jail or off drugs long enough to straighten themselves out then the state should step in, make them wards of the state and put them in an alternate setting like a military school.I'd gladly pay whatever taxes needed to make that happen.

yeah, blame the teachers


Over paid to teach

And underpaid to be parents. But WTF do they do? Giving out birth control and not even having to inform parents about it? you might be that parent? Are You?

Great Idea

I think it's a great idea. NHHS definately needs another officer and it doesn't look like the county commisioners are willing to pay for the extra patrol. This will also help City officers get more acquainted to the local trouble makers. It could help solve some crimes that are happening around the city