1st, I'm not sure what you mean by "based on your experience." To establish credibility, I've taught for 7 years and I have an excellent classroom management and student rapport record. I understand that the law does not require us to carry guns, but I have to wonder what the requirements are to be able to carry one? What kind of rigorous evaluations would be conducted to determine that a person is emotionally and physically capable of managing a 30 student classroom with a firearm in the event that one of those students has lost control?
2nd, I would use my training to talk the student down to my best ability and at least get my other students to safety. Idealistic? Yes. But that's what makes good teachers. And teachers in general
have far more certified training in negotiating than in armed combat.
3rd, Call me PollyAnna, but education and prevention are key. It is well known that most school shootings could have been prevented if someone had been paying attention before it reached crisis level.
4th, nobility is what teaching is all about. We cannot prevent every tragedy or save our students from themselves, every time, but that is true of every situation in every occupation in the world.
Finally, everyone has the right to bear arms, and I agree with it, but schools are not the place for guns. Remember that students do not have the same freedoms as other citizens; in fact, they have none. They are subject to the authority under whose control they have been placed. Nothing they bring on school property is personal property. Allowing any teacher to carry if they so desire, automatically stacks the deck against the students in the one place where they are supposed to feel secure and safe.
Originally Posted by Theophilus
The law doesn't say you have to carry it says that you may if you desire. That's good for you that you don't desire and based on your experience it sounds like it's good for others.
What would you do? I'd like to know in detail how you would stop it? Call 911 and tell them where to find your body after you throw down your human shield move?
Like? I think when a kid walks into the class room determined to execute his friends it's a little too late.
That's noble. I'd rather be alive and it would be a terrible shame to have to kill a teen but I'd do my best to stop him from killing us all.