|Published:||Jan 11, 2013 5:38 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 11, 2013 6:48 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - WINK News is learning Cape Coral Charter School administrators want Cape Police to provide one school resource officer for their four schools.
Gabriel Vilaverde is a freshman at Oasis High School. He says, in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy, a school resource officer on his campus would make him feel safer.
"I don't think anyone would really wanna go somewhere where a cop would be," he says.
There are four charter schools in Cape Coral. Administrator Lee Bush says, even just one officer covering them, would make a difference.
"It's the one place, the one stable place in their lives where they should feel absolutely safe," Bush says.
Bush wants to partner with the City's Police Department. Chief Jay Murphy says, a school resource officer's salary alone is about 45 thousand dollars. Bush says, their schools will shell out some state funding to help cover the total cost to make sure that police presence is here.
"Whatever it does take to get them protected, I think we need to do that,' he says.
Some taxpayers agree. Joel Hagenbrock lives down the street from Oasis High School. He says you can't put a price on keeping these kids safe.
"Typically any kind of bad guy's gonna go for the soft target so if the school's aren't protected, what's stopping them from going there," he says.
City Council is expected to discuss this issue at Monday night's meeting. The Lee County Sheriff's Office provides the resource officers for all public high schools and middle schools.