Survey calls out for more mediation | Schools
Recently, a safety poll commissioned by The California Endowment and conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates showed strong public support for an increase of school counselors. 1,200 California voters were surveyed as to what would be best to prevent school violence.
According to the survey, linked here, 84 percent of respondents favored increasing the number of trained counselors in schools (including 55% “strongly support”). One of the survey questions asked whether they preferred placing more counselors or armed police in schools to prevent violence, more than two-thirds picking counselors over police (67% to 26%).
As a student, I believe counselors are the way to go prevent violence. If I were to have taken the survey, I would, like the 67% of the 1200 voters, would have chosen counselors over police; mental health services over security measures such as cameras and metal detectors.