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Back -- -- our top story we are getting new reaction and there are new developments today following a decision by Iowa's largest newspaper.
To publish the level of security yet.
Hundreds of school districts across the state.
Parenting critics very upset after -- -- Moines register published an interactive map like this one we've chosen the blackout the dots but -- map which is posted online.
Color coded and detailed the school districts that have security.
And those without so the real map would show a bunch of red dots.
And then the code which show you that they have no security and then the green dots would show you that.
Their those school districts do heavy security guard schools that did not respond for characterize with the gray dot.
That led to almost instantaneous outrage.
And now the Des Moines Register had has pulled the map.
And is responding.
Joining me now on the phone Rick Green and vice president and editor of the Des Moines Register media Rick thank you very much for being here your standup guy for coming on -- this is very controversial.
And you people are sad that an as a parent I can't blame them what what -- thinking.
What that slot -- it was good talking to you you know we are -- this incredibly sensitive time in our country's history on the heels of sandy hook.
As a relates to guns as relates to -- security and obviously it's -- since the -- kids.
Immediately after seeing because of communities across -- I would really around the country you get the reported the same time.
The started asking questions about the presence of school resource officers to we need to expanded do we need the higher than here in -- Our police -- this proposed adding additional work school resource officers sort of went public school system.
Other communities are weighing the same thing even the NRA was proposing one point immediately concede that but article correctly -- armed guarded their preschool.
So almost instantaneously and all -- started to emerge as we thought we started report the story we heard from.
From residents from taxpayers most -- from parents around I -- -- and we really simple questions.
Despite school district have resource officers.
What kind of police presence exist in my child's school.
And I guess the biggest question that was asked this is this.
District our district take seriously any potential public safety -- can be averted by the presence of -- school resource officer.
Incredibly legitimate question -- that vote needed to be examined and I think it's the rules -- -- media says -- to register.
Two to ask and answer those questions but to be insensitive to the students is accurately -- -- We can't -- and you admit Ricky didn't do that.
No I'm not admitting that what what we did is actually -- a pretty revelatory look at that we have to before school districts that have school resource officers.
And most of the other ones -- -- I would do not.
I think you could have misled viewers a little bit -- this -- -- and that we didn't saying no security because a lot of these school districts where they might not have school resource officers.
They still have the presence of police officers or get.
-- not let me let me interrupt you reckon respectfully poll show you one of the interactive pull outs that you put on your map now we have blocked out the answer as to whether this particular school district.
Officers has officers are dozens because we don't want -- publish that information but look at it -- put up their southeast Westergren.
Employees school resource officers or private security guards question mark.
And then you answer the question you answered it in I'm not gonna tell the viewers where you said yes or no but you answered it.
But may go what what you're not asking me is -- some of -- school districts that have not tired school resource -- still have.
Security -- they still have police suffers that location go through the schools are sheriff's deputies that -- school district or school buildings yes they do you know what that's what that.
-- -- at the same -- that's not that is not the same of course you publish an -- -- in your article you know some of them are considering adding school resource officers.
Some of them have local police who come through occasionally if it's not to seem as telling everyone.
There is no full time security officer with in this school district.
Well like is that it's it's.
But I impressed incredibly thoughtful about how we ask and how we answer these questions and it's you know the rules are really creepy to think deeply but -- -- you proceed with this whole thing.
I just put up and the list of districts you know -- 350 plus -- 340 districts and in Iowa.
Put up a list of 348.
And put down -- contact information for parents to call.
-- very good idea and very good idea with the with that we try to proceed with this whole thing.
The tricky part out of all of -- -- is that when taxpayers and residents here are calling us to inquire about policy if there's two schools are we have to invest.
-- -- -- don't call the school district why do you have to post.
In good morning whether Sioux City has got a security officer why is that necessary I mean there is no different discussion.
In Iowa right now about using state tax -- funds to pay for security throughout the state this is a district by district issue.
It is -- district by district issue and it has been talked about at the Statehouse to same time.
The very pertinent topic that I think has -- consumed a lot of folks -- at the local level moms and -- as -- teachers superintendents taxpayers as well as legislators.
What can capture -- posted.
You know I -- -- getting a couple phone post making alerted me to it and that we put it out.
In the response to be it's possible to the situation.
To make sure that we were being.
And vigilant in trying to convey the proper information.
And a wave -- Back that -- happening out here is respect that you took it down when the controversy regime did and and good for you good it was a lot of -- when Madonna but but but then you did say that.
In -- two problems number one it's tough to un ring the bell because you know -- look at that map online and I can see.
There's a whole lot more districts that have.
That have no security than there are -- that hat security -- from some Psycho.
I might want to play my -- I didn't know that information yesterday now I do secondly.
You your online statement said that you revise the map and that you are posting it -- mapped to only show the 54 school districts.
That do have resource officers have you now reconsidered that because you know you do a little math and you can figure out.
If you get half the equation the other half is pretty obvious.
Well going to stop dispersants that.
That original map which was up for about twenty minutes was taken down and anywhere on our site -- -- the only one that's out there are delicate and talking to.
I'm not just -- the late -- usually its credit the blaze dot com broke this and that's where we founded and very popular web site.
-- and it's still on its side in the PDF form which is incredibly unfortunate.
Well it's not there -- Rick if you -- bottom you see that this is your Pulitzer.
So the original map showed -- schools should know -- it did not get what you tell us to where these schools where.
What do I wish we would look a little bit differently -- obviously -- which we would've.
But again it's that whole notion of trying to balance the needs of taxpayers and -- -- -- very legitimate questions turning to us to try to answer that.
And at the same time being very.
It is very thoughtful about how you do everything you can to make sure that you -- your job.
Response to your readers both those that are asking questions than those that.
We're going to try to synthesize that information.
Just -- -- is -- up against her break you are not gonna be post another map modified or otherwise.
-- looking a posting a map right now but it still think there's a very legitimate question about.
How to live with taxpayers across their stated probably around the country.
How -- they -- the safety of -- playing more -- resourceful with.
All due respect -- and I appreciate coming notes wasn't wasn't an easy interview and I'm glad you're here -- get a lead guitar computer tech and time for next --
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