But due to the nature of the political process, the exemplary leadership we enjoy today isn’t always a guaranteed thing tomorrow. For these and other reasons, the PSST should remain temporary. Holding a periodic vote to ensure public approval and renew public trust is a good and healthy exercise in democracy.
In addition to fully funding our police, we should ensure our schools are adequately funded and staffed with counselors and education professionals who are trained in recognizing the signs of mental illness. In the ongoing debates over the PSST, these issues deserve consideration as well.
Security theater plays well with the media, but it can create a false impression of safety, which can be even more dangerous. We should not claim to protect students by subjecting them to a constant, armed police presence.
We should be cautioned against letting the justice system and officers of the law become substitutes for lesser forms of discipline. This is unhealthy for our educational institutions and, ultimately, for our democracy. Let’s not make the PSST a permanent tax.
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