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    Default Fort Cherry School District Guard Armed

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/...77/detail.html

    McDONALD, Pa. -- The Fort Cherry school board voted Monday to allow a police officer to arm himself with a gun on the small, rural school district's campus.

    Officer Harold Purdy has patrolled Fort Cherry for the past 12 years, armed only with mace and a billy club. Starting in the 2008-09 school year, he will carry a gun too.

    There's rarely any serious trouble at Fort Cherry, where the junior and senior high schools, elementary school and administrative offices are all on one campus, high atop a hill with a clear view of pastures from the classrooms.


    "We haven't had any problems here, but the balance is going more from safety to security," Superintendent Dr. Robert Dinnen said.

    The move to armed officers is a precaution that all schools -- even those as secluded and safe as Fort Cherry -- must now consider, Dinnen said.

    "About 8 months ago, we put together a committee for safety at the schools. A lot of it was precipitated by the rash of school shootings (in other cities)," Dinnen said. "From that, we had the state police put together a report for us that the police officer carry a gun."

    Most people in the community know Purdy, who also works part-time for the McDonald Police Department.

    "I've known him for a long time and he's very capable," Fort Cherry parent Terry Ersek said.

    Parents who spoke to WTAE Channel 4 Action News reporter Marcie Cipriani said they had no concerns about their children being on campus with an armed officer.

    "What good is having a police officer and security guard here without something to defend them if something big would happen at the school?" parent Karen Dunks said.

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    Default Re: Fort Cherry School District Guard Armed

    Wow... I'm sort of stunned. I'm ok with the idea but surprised nonetheless.
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    Default Re: Fort Cherry School District Guard Armed

    Quote Originally Posted by PisnNapalm View Post
    Wow... I'm sort of stunned. I'm ok with the idea but surprised nonetheless.
    Why are you stunned/surprised? I am more surprised that he was not armed to begin with. The more guns the better I think.

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    Default Re: Fort Cherry School District Guard Armed

    But...what if it falls into the wrong hands???? LOL

    it's a start, I guess...baby steps....

    Only bad part I can see about this is "Mrs Johnson...why would you need to carry a gun, we have an armed security guard here to protect you."


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    Default Re: Fort Cherry School District Guard Armed

    I think this is great, probably needs to be atleast two people though. One makes too easy of a target.

    Hopefully the gun doesn't make him go crazy and shoot all the kids.

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    Default Re: Fort Cherry School District Guard Armed

    Quote Originally Posted by markheck1 View Post

    Only bad part I can see about this is "Mrs Johnson...why would you need to carry a gun, we have an armed security guard here to protect you."
    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

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    Default Re: Fort Cherry School District Guard Armed

    Quote Originally Posted by Zef_66 View Post
    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
    AMEN !


    Finally someone putting as much value on our kids as they do the money in an armored truck.

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