President Trump’s war policies-at home. Arming teachers in classrooms is an irresponsible statement and feeds into society fears, but more than that, creates a dangerous environment for our teachers and students. Teachers want to teach, but not with an armed hand; they should only be holding an eraser and/or pointer. Arming teachers does not fix the crux of the problem. We are operating under the assumption that all teachers are mentally competent and will act in such a manner at all times in a crisis or with students in general. As we are aware, accidents happen, add a gun to the situation, and an increase of the number of accidents happen; except this time it could be a teacher as a shooter, accidentally or on purpose. There are several factors that
play a role in the life of a school shooter-mental health history, bullying, failure to detect signs of an issue, failure to act when signs of an issue are noticed, and gun possession. Before creating “Rambo teachers” and arming teachers with guns- train the education community and parents/students on the signs of a school shooter; install metal detectors; School Resource Officers should be at the doors, not sitting in a room at a desk; update
camera surveillance systems; be proactive in securing mental health services for students; etc. President Trump’s idea of bringing the war into the classrooms and arming the teachers is not the solution to this systemic problem. Do you truly want to
send your child to school each day with armed teachers, remember not all teachers are “Highly trained, gun adept….” as President Trump envisions; they would still have to be
trained, leaving our children as guinea pigs until then. The discussion in the teacher’s lounge should not be, “ Did you bring your pistol to school today or AR-15? Leave war to the Department of Defense and education to the teachers.