Classrooms are not what they used to be. School is meant for fun with friends, and learning. Kids today are forced to worry about extreme violence every time they walk onto school property. This can easily cause anxiety and limit learning potential. The new reality has forced officials to consider arming teachers in every classroom. This is a huge undertaking, involving millions of dollars in training and equipment costs. The motion is having trouble getting underway, however, due to many oppositions. Time cannot be wasted when it comes to the safety of our children.
Teachers are also showing up to work in fear. They have to remain strong for the children, even when they are constantly considering what to do in an emergency. Teachers need to feel more in control of the situation. They should be able to fight for the children and themselves. It is unfair to ask people to come to work without giving them the choice to protect their own life. Unfortunately, we must face the reality that teaching is now a dangerous profession.
Even without school shooters, there are various reasons that teacher should be armed. High school teachers in rough neighborhoods face violent kids, at times. The majority of teachers are women, meaning that they are more in danger of suffering an assault coming to and from work. Arming teachers offers a new level of security that should be embraced by the public.
10. Protection of Children
The main reason that teachers need to be armed is to protect the kids they care about. Prevention is the current plan when it comes to protecting staff and children from armed intruders. This is not foolproof, however. Many schools have not done enough to change polies, either. Older schools with more open access need to be renovated to keep out unwanted individuals. Schools now need to have one entry point for visitors, locks on all doors, and alarms. There also needs to be no free entry system in place. Visitors should have to buzz in and show identification.
These changes are not standard protocol in all areas. A determined shooter can also be sneaky about entering the school. It only takes a second for a bullet to fly through a window. It may take several minutes for an emergency lockdown to go into effect. It could take even longer for armed security to make their way across the building to a specified room. An armed teacher could begin retaliating immediately, saving lives of children in the classroom.
Teachers spend their entire careers tending to the daily needs of children. When they are not allowed to carry guns, it leaves them helpless in the face of danger. Teachers are capable of learning proper gun etiquette and acting appropriately in an emergency. Protection of our children in schools is something that should be mandatory, not questioned.
9. Taking Control
Teachers usually feel in control of their classroom. Their job description gives them the responsibility to keep a large amount of children in-line on a daily basis. Yet, when it comes to defense they are completely unprepared. They can easily feel helpless and out of control when it comes to intruder concerns. Most teachers are willing to put themselves in danger to keep their kids safe. In many school shootings, the teacher dies trying to protect the students. This is not taking control. Allowing this to happen is inhumane. Human beings are left with no way to fight for survival.
Teachers know how to take control, and can be trusted to do so in a shooting situation. Many have shown their bravery, and lost their lives. If teachers are willing to stand up for their students, they should be given a weapon to help them be more in control. Chances of survival rise significantly when a teacher can take action. At this point, shooters are expecting school staff to be unarmed. This gives them a huge advantage.
By not arming teachers, control is given to the criminals that set out to harm our children. When we agree to arm our teachers, law abiding citizens take back the control. Children deserve to be protected at all costs. While different groups are arguing over teachers with guns, the next school shooter is planning an easy attack. Take that possibility away by supporting gun use for school staff. Your child’s teacher could be the one to save a life.
8. Inefficient Emergency Plans
Most schools have a strict emergency protocols by now. There have been enough school shootings to warrant significant attention to this matter. These plans, however, are having to be executed in outdated buildings with incredible numbers of students. It takes monetary resources to completely overhaul a school building. At best, most schools are making due with what they have. Original classroom doors may not even have locks on them. Emergency plans may be as simple as having students duck under their desks. This is incredibly insufficient when human life is concerned.
Teachers can fill in the gaps in security. One armed teacher may not be able to defeat a shooter, however, several stand a very good chance of taking one down. Large schools simply have too many hiding places and unsecured entry points. There are too many variables to limit armed security to one area of the school. A school shooter often knows the layout of the school, as well as the safety precautions. If every teacher is armed, there is less chance that multiple classrooms become affected.
Some schools require that children be herded into a closet or into cabinets. Shots can still be fired through the doors. A teacher with a gun could fire back from any location. Arming teachers adds an extra layer of defense to the standing protocol in most schools. It is a great idea to reinforce protective measures. Arming teachers may even act as a preventative. School shooters have yet to go up against teachers with weapons. You can depend on one particular method to protect the school at all times. Every emergency situation is unique. It is better to be over prepared, than to mourn the loss of precious students.
7. Quick Reactions
When an emergency happens, a quick reaction time is pertinent. Lives can be lost if children are not rushed into hiding fast enough, or alarms do not sound on time. It takes time for first responders to arrive on the scene. Large amounts of damage can occur while they are in transit. Even schools with armed security guards have limited coverage. A security guard cannot be everywhere at once. In most cases, the shooter would avoid the area where a guard is on duty. Once an emergency is underway, it can take several minutes for the guard to arrive in the correct location.
All of these delays can result in loss of innocent lives. A teacher can simply reach into her desk or purse and be armed within seconds. Each classroom can have a trained shooter, ready to retaliate. Teachers from nearby classrooms can also respond, quickly outnumbering the intruder. Teachers are great at responding to a variety of situations with innovative solutions. There is no doubt that they can be trained to respond appropriately in this situation, as well.
There is no time to carry out complicated emergency procedures when an intruder has arrived on campus. The entire situation can change within seconds. You cannot completely predict the exact moves of a shooter.
6. Dangerous Students
The threat of a school shooting is not the only reason to support the arming of teachers. There are other dangers that lurk in schools, especially those with older students. Some teachers choose to devote their careers to less fortunate neighborhoods. These teachers are often sent into violent parts of town without access to protection. There are some inner city schools that cater to a dangerous student body. There can be violence from gang type activity or drug interactions. If a student threatens a teacher with a weapon, the teacher should be prepared.
These same schools may also be more at risk for crime from the surrounding residents. Dangerous people, other than intentional shooters, can wander into schools. If there is a need for extra security at a specific school, guns for the teachers should be required. No employee should be fearful during their workday.
Problematic kids are still required to follow the law by attending school. These kids may be in special classes or be known to be unpredictable. Other students can be at risk if there is no one to protect them. Weapons are not allowed in schools, however, disobedient kids may sneak them in. This leaves those that follow rules without a way to protect themselves. This is where teachers can step in when they are armed.