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“Our society has changed,” Kaufman said. “Schools have had to adapt to that. There are so many schools you can walk right into. Some don’t have the resources or technology to change that. And not all schools want to.
“How do we not create these facilities that kids are afraid to come to?”
For John Patrick Egelhof and Francis Brun, Sandy Hook hit too close to home. And it had nothing to do with one of the victims, 6-year-old Charlotte Bacon, whose mother, JoAnn Hagen Bacon, grew up in Orono.
Egelhof is a former FBI agent who was summoned to Red Lake High School in 2005 on the day 16-year-old Jeff Weise went on a shooting rampage. Weise, a student, killed his grandfather and grandfather’s companion before going to school and killing a security guard, a teacher, and five students, and wounding five others and then committing suicide.
The unarmed guard was Derrick Brun, Francis Brun’s son.
“There should be more armed officers in school,” Egelhof said recently. “It’s cost vs. the acceptable risk, or casualties.
“We put teachers in a position where they’re expected to take care of their own students, really at the risk of their lives. That’s not fair.”
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