Sorry for the article dumping I have been a part of recently, but moving is busy and these articles are probably better than something like “My Top 10 Favorite Chewing Gum Flavors” or “Reasons Why the Movie Journey to the Center of the Earth Sucks.” The following is an article about how a Texan school district is allowing teachers to carry handguns. Oh man, is this ten steps in the wrong direction. Not only are they giving students the wrong message that MORE guns are the answer to school violence, but they are adding tension to what sounds like an already hostile environment. There are so many better solutions: metal detectors, hiring policemen instead of doubling a teacher’s duty of teaching with peacekeeping, more school counseling, advocating non-violence…… Ugh, handguns.
Teachers in one part of the US state of Texas are to be allowed to carry concealed firearms when the new school term opens this month.
The school superintendent in Harrold district said the move was intended to protect staff and pupils should there be any gun attacks on its sole campus.
Teachers would have to undertake crisis management training first, the superintendent, David Thweatt, said.
In recent years the US has seen a number of fatal school shootings.
Trustees had approved the policy and parents had not objected, Mr Thweatt said.
“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started,” he wrote on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s web site.
Mr Thweatt said he believed the school’s proximity to a large, busy motorway could make it a target.
“If something were to happen here, I’d much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them,” Mr Thweatt said.
Texas outlaws the presence of firearms at schools unless individual institutions allow them.