Shaquille O’Neal: Put More Police Officers in Schools Instead of Banning Guns

‘I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools’

Shaquille O'Neal says more cops is answer to school shootings (ESPN)

Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has supported the police for years -- being sworn in as a sheriff's deputy in 2016 and saying he'll run for sheriff in a few years -- so his answer to ending school shootings is additional support for cops, not a ban on guns.

"The government should give law enforcement more money," he said on WABC Radio's "Curtis and Cosby" show on Wednesday. "Give more money, you recruit more people, and the guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools. You put 'em in front of the schools, you put 'em behind the schools, you put 'em inside the schools, and we need to pass information. ... I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools."

O'Neal lives in Florida, so the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland that killed 17 people hit close to home.

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