To the editor:
Our resources for the future are the investment in our children by parents, volunteers, administration, teachers, staff and the community — a community that especially in light of the recent Newtown, Conn., shootings should include more than one resource officer for our schools.
Salem is a city rich in history, tourism and diversity — yet, due to budget cuts, the three resource officers in partnership with the Salem Police Department have been cut down over the years. The cut undermines the invaluable richness of our children, our schools, and everyone associated with making Salem a place of not only education, but a place of safety for our kids.
Throughout the years, officers have not only watched over generations of our school students, they have also spent quality time with the children, giving to them security, help and hope, as well as education related to what can be at times the harsh realities of our world.
Well, the harsh reality is that cutting anything to help parents, volunteers, administration, teachers, staff, the community and students is something that in today’s environment is a sacrifice that financially should not be on the table. Safety and security for all related to Salem’s school system need to be implemented to the fullest.