A recent survey from the California Endowment asked parents of school-aged children and other voters in the state what school safety measures were most important to them, and they overwhelmingly chose a school counselor or psychologist in every school as opposed to an armed officer or other security personnel.
The LA Times reported additionally that
When asked whether hiring a school counselor or a police officer would be more effective at preventing violence, 67% chose the counselor, according to the survey of 1,200 voters released by the California Endowment, a private health foundation. The survey was done in the wake of last month’s killing of 20 children and six adults by a gunman at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Some 96% support training school employees in emergency response techniques, and 91% favor providing mental “first aid” training to school staff, so they can recognize the signs of mental illness in young people.
Bullying is an everyday hazard all kids potentially face; bullets much less frequently.