Police have long shown a preference for enforcing petty laws against petty offenders. After all, real violent criminals fight back. The current COVID-19-induced crackdown on business owners has made things even worse.
Public lands already have value as nature preserves and tourist attractions. At the same time, the economic needs of ordinary human beings — which often require land development — shouldn't be ignored.
Maybe the fact that both homicides and violent crime overall have nearly halved over the past 20 years is a reason school officials show little interest in taking practical steps toward on-site security.