Baltimore School Board Votes To Ban Officers From Having Guns

The Baltimore City school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to oppose arming school resource officers.

Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore City school board voted 10 to 0 on Tuesday to oppose a bill in the state legislature that would allow school resource officers to carry guns in school.

Baltimore school resource officers are the only law enforcement officers in Maryland who are prohibited from carrying their duty weapons while on-duty inside of schools, according to WBAL.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore is also the only jurisdiction in the state with a dedicated school police force.

Local police and sheriff’s departments protect schools throughout the rest of Maryland and may carry their weapons while on duty in the schools.

But school resource officers in Baltimore may only carry their guns when they are patrolling the exterior campus of schools during the day, and in the school after hours.

School resource officer are required to lock up their guns at the start of the school day, WBAL reported.

Maryland State Delegate Cheryl Glenn’s had proposed legislation that would have overturned the earlier law that banned school resource officers carrying during school hours, The Baltimore Sun reported.

However, the school board’s vote has effectively put the kibosh on Glenn’s new bill.

“I can’t move a bill that doesn’t have the support of the school board and the mayor,” she said. “The votes wouldn’t be there.”

The Baltimore City Public Schools Board of School Commissioners met on Tuesday at school headquarters to discuss and vote on the issue, but the meeting was largely drowned out by the chanting and demands of a student group that attended.

Students from a group called the Baltimore Algebra Project told members of the school board that they felt they should have a say in decisions that are made about their education.

But then when their time expired, the students refused to sit down or cede the floor to other members of the community who had come to the meeting.

Board Chair Cheryl Casciani was forced to call a 10-minute recess in order to bring the meeting back to order so the board could vote.

Despite the protest by the students, there were numerous parents at the meeting in support of the proposed legislation.

"I support the second amendment. De-escalate armed suspects. Let's de-escalate when they're firing at you. You just jump up and shout, 'de-escalate.' It doesn't work," Leo Burroughs Jr. told the school board.

Baltimore Police Sergeant Clyde Boatwright, president of the school officers’ union, spoke in support of the proposed legislation, and made a point to put responsibility at the feet of those who were making the decision.

"We just need to be clear that if and when we have a serious situation in Baltimore, everyone is going to look back at this day and say, 'You know what? They had a chance to get it right and they didn't,'" Sgt. Boatwright told WBAL.

He pointed out that the school board had been in support of the proposed legislation two years ago.

The state delegate who sponsored the bill was “very disappointed” and said she felt the school board had caved to the very vocal student group.

“I think that this is a very unwise decision,” Glenn said. “These are sworn police officers. They are not security guards. They have more training than Baltimore police.”

There have been some good examples of school resource officers stopping violence in Maryland schools.

In March of 2018, a St. Mary's County school resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, stopped a gunman who had already shot two students at Great Mills High School, The Baltimore Sun reported.

"It looks like the SRO did exactly what the SRO was trained to do," St. Mary’s Schools Superintendent James Scott Smith said at the time.

Comments (40)
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Qwik
Qwik

Ah yes. Let’s listen to the children. After all they know so much. Mob Rule. A school board making kids less safe is Dumbest thing I have read today

NullZero
NullZero

A police officer who is not armed is not a police officer.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

So a failing city with one of the highest gun murder rates in the country votes to have unarmed SROs in the school system. What could possibly go wrong? I see a prime GFZ school system volunteering to be the site of the next mass shooting. Those SROs won't be running towards the gunfire until they can get to their guns first. And they may be on the wrong side of the shooter to do so.

JBo
JBo

Baltimore. The poster child for low violent crime and high judicial standards. <sarc>

Quote by Michael Bloomberg, flaming liberal: “When you have a city that has the murder rate that Baltimore has, I think it’s ridiculous to think that they shouldn’t be armed,” Bloomberg said of the Hopkins security force. (Source: baltimoresun.com)

SaltyMonkey
SaltyMonkey

Blood is on each and everyone of their hands.

rc8888
rc8888

Not a problem. I would quit

CRESCENTSTAR
CRESCENTSTAR

Give them what they want. Pull all officers and redeploy them to street patrol.

Ljsmith8
Ljsmith8

Letting the patients run the asylum in Baltimore...

Pack
Pack

And they get officers willing to do that?

rfelician1157
rfelician1157

My question is are they State law-enforcement or are they a private police force?

MrsS
MrsS

OK. Swell. Why not just send them home and let the school counselors ask the students to let them know when they don't feel safe?

Tricialen
Tricialen

And Baltimore manages to sink even lower into the scum....

LEO0301
LEO0301

Maybe I'm missing something here. What exactly is the point of having police officers in the schools? Don't tell me this is another "Cookies with Cops" charade....

Alpha Male 1
Alpha Male 1

This is pretty easy to fix. If I were in charge, I would tell the school board that either my officers carry weapons or there won’t be any officers in the schools.

SaltyMonkey
SaltyMonkey

A minority sample from the students, drive policy. Yup. That's good planning.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Baltimore? No, Baltiless......

Popo511
Popo511

When the active shooter shows up, call the school board members to observe the aftermath. These folks have lost their minds

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I hope it never happens but I’m sure I’ll be wrong, I feel for those kids when the wolf comes to the door and there is no one to help them. Pull the cops out, time to give them what they want.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

So I’m assuming the officers new duties during a school shooting are to call other armed officers for help if he’s not in a position to retrieve his weapon from a locker and hide in a closet with the students? How do you think the parents will feel about this when they are told their kids were murdered while the officer ran to retrieve his weapon or was not in a position to retrieve it? I can see that district going broke paying the law suits. I would pull my kids out of that school district and move someplace where the school board isn’t trying any suicidal social experiments.

gvinny67
gvinny67

It is pretty simple I wouldn't do it, get someone to play target.

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

School board let KIDS TELL them what to do.

angeleyes
angeleyes

give in to whomever yells the loudest seems to be the consensus in any situation regarding LEOs.

cspcapt
cspcapt

unarmed security is not security

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

For those who never lived there, understand this is Charm City(!). Take it from a 5 year former resident of the B'more exurbia - Baltimore NEVER gets it right. Remember Freddie Gray and the then mayors' "room to destroy" speech? Baltimore turns everything on its head. If you expect any sane or even logical acts by b'more government or residents, you are in for sore disappointment! It's the city that couldn't. Baltimore was probably fairly decent when people were driving Model T's, the last 100 years - fuggedaboutit!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Clearly this school board is made up of bleeding heart, hug-a-thug liberals. Now they have become a target for school shooters who know that the SRO's are not armed. Amazing!

unholyone
unholyone

Another gem from the lunatic left that controls most of America's Public School System. Let's see. The biggest concern now is active school shooters. So we'll disarm the cops, so they have to rush to a locker which could be a long run/steps away to get their firearm, to run to a distant place to confront the shooter/stabber. Meanwhile, all that time the crazy is doing his "thing." Or, the cop can run to the scene and throw his radio at the shooter. WTF? I would think anyone and everyone would KNOW that time is of the essence. Glad I'm retired and definitely not in MD.

LPD133
LPD133

I wonder how many school officers will remain given they are being forced to try to protect the ungrateful students using only their bare hands when faced with an armed individual bent on killing as many people as possible before the real police arrive to put the shooter down. Maybe those brilliant students can shout down the bad guy like they did the school board. Good luck with that.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Of course they voted no guns. Most people in education are liberal. I know this because I was in education for 21 years. Conservative all the way.

NYPD_retired
NYPD_retired

My first response was than why would anyone want to do that job, if the schools are that bad that they needed an armed police presence and now they are taking away another tool the Officer needs. Than when I saw the students list of demands, and they wanted a volunteer community auxiliary to assist with the safety and security in their school, I said great idea let them see for themselves what happens inside the school. And finally to the school board , you can’t fix stupid.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

I would refuse to work there. And move my kids out of there

Heatherlynn
Heatherlynn

The terrible truth is that the school officers ARE "real police" who have been academy-trained, including firearms qualification. The day will come when a school officer is killed or there is a mass school shooting which could have been averted by an armed officer and when it does, the school board will blame the gun and not the shooter and damn the officer for failing to de-escalate the situation.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Baltimore, vying for worst city ever and mostly made up of brain dead persons

Wish505
Wish505

There must be something in the water in that part of the country. A lot of peoples corn bread is a little soft in the middle if you know what I mean.

RPG156
RPG156

The school board will be proven fools... and sadly, the bodies of children will be the proof.

SheerBullshit
SheerBullshit

We have a real problem when we let minors dictate the rules. To strip trained officers of their weapons in one of the most violent school systems in our country is absolutely asinine. I'm glad it's not my kids school. Absolute idiots!

Gottahavehope
Gottahavehope

So why have police officers waste there time,and maybe their lives? Why would they stupidly try and "protect" people who obviously don't want it? They are going to put their own lives on the line? You might as well just use statues nobody will get hurt then??

Bulletbob33
Bulletbob33

Maybe the next school shooter will look for the students belonging to the Baltimore Algebra Project. I bet their opinions about Resource Officers having guns would quickly change.