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Old 08-13-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO
Support and fully endorse the National Rifle Association's "National School Shield" Program.


Here's How We Actually Make Schools Safer

Thank you for your petition.

We're glad you're interested in making schools safer—it's a critical priority. That’s what we heard when we spoke with educators, police officers and first responders, and policy experts from across the country.

And helping law enforcement agencies hire school resource officers for school districts that want them should definitely be part of the solution.

But it's not the only step we need to take.

The President’s plan to reduce gun violence calls on Congress to provide $150 million for school districts and law enforcement agencies to hire staff to improve school safety. This grant program would empower school districts and law enforcement agencies to decide whether to use the funds to hire school resource officers, psychologists, social workers, or counselors based on the needs of their local schools.

We're working to help ensure that schools have effective and reliable emergency management plans in place, and that students and staff are prepared to follow these plans. That last step is critical. A 2010 survey found that while 84 percent of public schools had a written response plan in the event of a shooting, only 52 percent had drilled their students on the plan in the past year. That number has to improve.

The President has also proposed a new initiative to help thousands of schools train their teachers and staff to improve school climate by promoting positive student behavior, which evidence shows is a key step to reduce violence and bullying.

And the President has also proposed a new $130 million initiative to increase access to mental health services by taking steps such as helping teachers and other adults recognize signs of mental illness in students and refer them to help if needed. As President Obama has said repeatedly, the vast majority of people with mental health problems are not violent and are in fact more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators of crime, but we know that too many of our young people turn to suicide when experiencing mental health disorders and in some cases -- an untreated condition can lead to further tragedy.

We share your commitment to improving the physical security of our nation's schools, but we just don't think that's enough to guarantee the safety of our kids by itself. We hope you'll join us in pushing for a comprehensive solution.

Tell us what you think about this petition and We the People.

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In the event of a school shooting incident, please notify the President of the United States. No other action need be taken. Thank you. Sincerely, The President.

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This grant program would empower school districts and law enforcement agencies to decide whether to use the funds to hire school resource officers, psychologists, social workers, or counselors based on the needs of their local schools
Lost me right there, if he thinks a Social Worker or a counselor is going to stop a bullet, knife or bomb from Kids killing kids hes been drinking his own Koolaid too much.
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my initial thought is, it seems like the government doesnt give away anything without expecting something in return..............................

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So, we are going to spend $280 million dollars to prevent things that are already illegal... I don't get it.

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And the President has also proposed a new $130 million initiative to increase access to mental health services by taking steps such as helping teachers and other adults recognize signs of mental illness in students and refer them to help if needed.
I guess this is called 'doing something'.
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So, we are going to spend $280 million dollars to prevent things that are already illegal... I don't get it.

I guess this is called 'doing something'.
Ah, a couple more presidential cowflops in the "We'll Take Care You" pasture...
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Ah, a couple more presidential cowflops in the "We'll Take Care You" pasture...
That's what the government has been telling us for years, "Just give us unlimited authority and we will take care of all of your needs", in other words just become good little Sheeple and do as our betters think best.
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Lost me right there, if he thinks a Social Worker or a counselor is going to stop a bullet, knife or bomb from Kids killing kids hes been drinking his own Koolaid too much.
Didn't you know that social workers can with the power of a psy 101 class talk a bullet down even after it has left the weapon? Oh Obamaclause, you are just such a gift giver....
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Didn't you know that social workers can with the power of a psy 101 class talk a bullet down even after it has left the weapon? Oh Obamaclause, you are just such a gift giver....
Maybe thats what they are trying to promote, if a school gets attacked by a whacko, stack the Social workers up in front of the door like cord wood! That might actually work! If thats the case, we should only hire fat ones, that way we will get more bang for the buck! They are much more absorbent when it comes to flying lead...
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No, no, this is much more dangerous than all of that. It says they are going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to staff schools with more "experts" to evaluate each child's proclivity to inflict violence. If a child goes to a social worker saying he's being picked on, he'll be classified a threat and watched more closely, maybe being sent to the school psychiatrist. And if all else fails, they can use the all-mighty ObamaCare to get him "treatment," pumping him full of so many mood enhancers that he can't complain.

Problem solved.

Another mentally numb follower of "The Plan" is created.

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