The sad reality, however, is that parents are worried and are becoming more worried about the safety of their children at school and in college, too.
- After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT, several schools tried to arm teachers. Didn't happen.
- The State of Kansas scrapped a plan to arm its teachers after insurance companies balked.
Despite the risks, administrators and teachers at some schools in the West and South are armed.
For example, administrators of a private school in Twin Falls, Idaho, Lighthouse Christian School (LCS), have responded to potential shooting threats by arming administrators and teaching them to use guns. About the policy, LCS superintendent, Kevin Newbry, said:
With people spread out throughout your facility, you have greater protection as well, responding to an incident. With an intruder that has a gun or a rifle, statistics show the only thing that is going to stop an issue is another gun, unfortunately.
In the State of Utah, teachers are free to carry guns. During the 2015 October break, the Utah Shooting Sports Council (USSC) offered free concealed weapons classes to 20 teachers. The purpose of the classes was to expand teachers' options beyond one school district's policy of locking the classroom door, turning off the lights, and hiding.
We just have to protect our kids and we didn't want to do it in a haphazard way.
It's been positive--I have yet to have a community member come in and say "why are you doing this?"
- The former President of the Arkansas Education Association, Donna Morey, said: "We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon."
- A retireed elementary school teacher, Malinda Lund, said: "Teachers have so much other training to undergo. They just aren't equipped to handle firearms."
The Motley Monk wonders how many of Arkansas public school teachers agree with Ms. Morey and Ms. Lund. After all, educating students and carrying weapons are not necessarily mutually exclusive categories. Neither are staff development and weapons training. Those arguments are red herrings, based on an ideal world not the real world where lunatics seek immortality by murdering innocents.
Shouldn't educators be concerned about the education and the safety of their students? Consider what USSC's Chairman, Clark Aposhian observed:
A shooter who wants to end his life via suicide but take a whole bunch of other people with him, probably wants to pick a place to exact that evil plan without getting return fire. We are hoping to show that Utah schools and universities are not a place to do that.
Necessary? Most likely...and sadly so, for the safety of children attending schools and colleges across the fruited plain.
Let the discussion begin...
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