For example, the Little Rock School District,has 16 police officers in schools now. The district pays roughly $2700 a month for each resource officer. If they were to have at least one at each of its 48 schools, that would add up to over $130,000 a month and some parents are asking if it would be worth it.
On the way to the ice rink Friday afternoon, 7-year-old Jack Barnes was on a mission.
The most fun thing about you is sometimes I fall," he said.
His grandparents' biggest goal is keeping him safe. It's the reason Bill Mayfield became a Watch Dog granddad a year ago, a move that's helped teachers feel even more secure on the heels of the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary.
"If something like that were to happen in Cabot they'd have to come through me first," says Bill Mayfield.
But Watch Dog dads and grand dads are not armed. While some parents say they wouldn't want teachers carrying guns, the Fetters share four children but mixed opinions over the need for armed officers in schools.
"A police officer that's a completely different story, if it's a police officer that would make me feel safe," says Rachel Fetter.
"It's more than the schools, it's the mall, the movie theaters, all the different places you just want to take your kids and be able to enjoy and you shouldn't have to worry about getting hurt," Evan Fetter says.
But most parents do worry and now they're hoping something happens to calm their fears soon.
"I'm glad Christmas vacay is here and maybe it will give us time to settle or cooling down to reflect," says Mayfield.
While they think about safety, they're thrilled Jack is focused on Santa.
Instead of arming guards with guns some parents suggested using tasers, to stop a gunmen or using marked patrol cars on school grounds to deter potential threats.