Pencils, lesson plan books, red pens, and ... guns! Yep, when teachers, administrators, and other employees at Clarksville High School in Arkansas head back to class next month, a full 20 of those school staffers and teachers will be armed with guns. Guns that the school district paid for.
What are these people thinking?!
Well, apparently they're thinking this is a good way to spend money -- to the tune of a $1,100 stipend per person to buy the handguns and holsters,
plus $50,000 for ammunition and "training." They're also thinking this
is a good way to keep their students safe. I know plenty of people will
applaud this move, but I could not disagree more.
I have so many questions about this, not the least of which is: Where are these guns going to be secured?
What location could they be in where it would be TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE for
students to access them, but where they'd still be handy enough for
those teachers to reach in the event of an emergency? Or are they
actually going to stand at the front of a class and teach English and
math with a holster containing a loaded gun?
And who is going to decide what kind of emergency warrants, say, a
history teacher drawing a weapon? Is it only against an "outside
threat"? What if a fight breaks out in class and the teacher feels
threatened? The chances of an attack like the tragic Sandy Hook massacre
are very, very slim compared to all of the issues that arise on a daily
basis. Kids become unhinged; they can get aggressive or seem violent
... that's just par for the course. TWENTY concealed weapons in one high
school sounds like a recipe for disaster. Guns shouldn't be in the mix.
Yes, yes, I understand that it's not the inanimate object of a gun
that can kill; it's the gun in the hands of the wrong person that kills.
Duh. But who's deciding who gets to bring these concealed weapons to
school? And how are these educators going to be trained? Isn't this the
kind of thing that should be left to police officers and actual security guards?
Can whatever training that's being provided guarantee that that there
is NO way students -- or anyone else for that matter -- can access these
weapons? That these teachers will make the right decisions 100 percent
of the time? Will this training guarantee that, heaven forbid, no
student will be accidentally shot?
I don't believe that all guns should be outlawed, but I do believe in
sensible regulation and gun control. And I sure as hell don't think a
school is any place for 20 concealed weapons.
Would you feel comfortable if the teachers in your school carried concealed weapons?
We had a kid try to bring a sawed off shot gun to school last year. He didn't make it off the bus. He was showing it off on the bus, and one of the kids told the bus driver. They made it to the school where they were met by the police and sheriff's dept. He was expelled and won't be returning. I'm not sure if anything legally ever happened. I was inside our school when it happened and the school went in to lock-down.~~~middle school