It was with some surprise and concern that I read the article and an accompanying letter to the editor from Joey Donnelly of the MUN Graduate Students‚Äô Union (‚ÄúGuns and MUN don‚Äôt belong together‚ÄĚ) outlining his concerns about armed police officers attending courses on the MUN campus.
To start with, I thought the comments were the most asinine, foolish and ill-thought-out remarks that I have read in this paper in some time. I also found it to be totally insulting to all police officers.
These are highly trained individuals who would actually give their lives to protect the staff and students at this institution.
To seriously suggest that having police officers on campus is somehow a serious threat to the safety, security and serenity of the school is absolutely ridiculous.
Obviously, if anything, the opposite is true.
Mr. Donnelly seems to be ignorant of the events that have taken place in various schools in the U.S. and even here in Canada in the last number of years; places like Virginia Tech, Columbine, Sandy Hook and √Čcole Polytechnique.
In point of fact, school boards, particularly in the U.S., are actually asking to have armed police or security guards on staff.
Mainly by fluke, MUN actually has that extra measure of security, it‚Äôs costing them nothing and, as the parent of a MUN student, it actually makes me feel my daughter is in a safer environment.
I suspect that, in retrospect, those 14 young women who were murdered at √Čcole Polytechnique would have been quite happy to have had an armed policeman or two around campus; it might even have saved some of their lives.
As for Mr. Donnelly and the Graduate Students‚Äô Union, if that letter was any indication of their level of maturity, I would suggest that their time and talents would be better spent planning beer bashes and panty raids, and let the adults handle the important matters, like safety in the school.
Conception Bay South