Local veterans offer to protect school campuses in wake of Parkland shooting

Vets we spoke with say they'd love to protect kids

Local veterans offer to protect school campuses in wake of Parkland shooting

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - It's a horrific tragedy that's becoming all too common.

School shootings are happening across the U.S. with no immediate action being taken to prevent them. There are some highly trained and skilled individuals in our community however, that believe they can help.

"We go over a lot of scenarios for active shooter and clearing homes and stuff like that so it does give us a little bit better training than your average security guard you can get off the street," explained Marine Veteran, Matthew Tracy.

The Band of Brothers is a group of veterans in Santa Maria that help tackle issues vets might be facing like homelessness, depression and suicide.

They say there are tons of unemployed veterans that would take pride in being able to help protect students, whether that be by employing veterans to be used as armed guards or even helping teach what to do in active shooter situations.

"I think it'll benefit not only the children, the community, but the veterans as well. A lot of veterans we're looking for a purpose again - we've served our country, we had that great role and now we miss it and it's something that we're always looking for," said Army Veteran, Lynette DeLeon. 

And with a threat being made on Friday at Santa Maria High School's campus, these veterans hope they can maybe start a community dialogue with how they can help - before it's too late.

"I think it would kinda detour people from trying to cause harm. It would be a lot easier for us to see something coming since we've actually been in situations like that before," said Army Veteran, Mario Alvarez. 

"I don't think it's an overkill because [when it comes to] protecting your children, there's no such thing as an overkill. It's always better to be prepared than not prepared," Tracy said. 

We reached out to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District to see if they would be interested in hiring veterans for these duties; they told us no comment at this time.

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