Should teachers carry guns? I beg the public to urge boards of education to have an armed guard, and not teachers.
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You are spot on with your comment Larry
And that will help how?
By helping teachers be prepared to protect their students.
So what data supports this as a solution?
There is none because we've never done a test with it. I think we should have a test round, because what we are doing isn't working well.
As a teacher who works in the trenches and a responsible gun owner I believe that this will create a lot more problems. Should fire departments, movie theater employees and post offices also be armed?
Fire departments aren't armed?! Movie theater and post office, I don't believe should be. They aren't common targets. I expected more from fire departments. A criminal will think twice about fighting a place where he knows there will be guns.
Or maybe he will shoot first so he removes any chance of being shot at. If he comes in to my classroom I am teaching even if I have a gun in my belt. Who gets of the first shot?
Common sense, the teacher. At least one has to die so the others know there is danger. There is no fool proof system, but this will prevent the numbers of students and teachers being killed.
Schools should not let people walk the halls. Many schools require parents to check in and get a pass. That they wear. If someone sees a person without a pass, the police should be called.
I agree, Larry.
You need to observe teachers and how much is involved in educating our children. I don't care how good a shot I am the odds are against me shooting first. This would make things worse not better.
I think of that too.
Our school district talks a good game but they aren't willing to spend money on improving the building where I work because it's so old and in the next 3-5 years a new or remodeled school will replace the current one so we stay vulnerable to attack.
A heartfelt answer my friend and your experiences mirror my own as well as the troubles we all have already in classrooms. whonu
Thank you for sharing your experiences and saying what needed to be said, ladybluewriter.
Your comment is spot on! Every teacher has their horror stories. Once time I was told by a student that he was hearing voices telling him to kill me. What if I had a gun & shot him? He was mentally ill. He needed help not hurt.