September 05, 2004

Armed School Guards

When Israeli schoolchildren go on a field trip they have to be accompanied by an armed escort. I think the ratio is one guard for every 15 students. If the teacher has a gun permit he or she can be one of the guards, usually they ask for volunteers from among the parents to make up the rest. I never gave this policy much thought: it was just one of the many security precautions we take. But evidently it has a specific history: Ma`alot. Strange that I had to go to NRO to find out, and I got there via an Indian immigrant to San Jose, California:

On May 31, 2002, as reported by Israel National News, a terrorist threw a grenade and began shooting at a kindergarten in Shavei Shomron. Then, instead of closing in on the children, he abruptly fled the kindergarten and began shooting up the nearby neighborhood. Apparently he realized that the kindergarten was sure to have armed adults, and that he could not stay at the school long enough to make sure he actually murdered someone.

That’s why nowadays terrorists are forced to blow themselves up. It isn’t realistic to think you can do a lot of damage and get away with it.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at September 5, 2004 10:03 PM
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