Teachers aren’t getting paid enough for their jobs, let alone to kill someone.
First of all we, as a school district, don’t have the funding to keep teachers employed. We need smaller classrooms and higher wages for our teachers and larger school budgets. We don’t have enough money for after school activities or art programs or sports. How in the hell do we expect to be able to come up with enough money for a firearm with ammunition for every teacher in every school across America? Would we arm only highschool teachers? Or elementary, middle and high school? Does every teacher have to carry a firearm? What would the training be like?
While going through this writing process, there has been another school shooting. This topic is the most relevant and controversial I can think of in our current climate.
On Friday morning, the 18th of May, ten people died in Santa Fe, Texas in a school shooting. They have a 17 year old male student in custody, and I am positive arming teachers wouldn’t have done anything good if anything at all.
There's too many questions at the moment that we can’t afford, literally, to answer.
There are high schools that have armed teachers. Eleven years before the Parkland shooting incident rural high school districts in Texas began arming teachers. There hasn’t been a school shooting here yet, and hopefully there never will be. The cause for this action is because it takes an average of 15 minutes for the authorities to show up to a crisis. The superintendent created a plan in 2007 to help this in case of a school emergency with arming teachers.
And even in situations with armed teachers, we still don’t know how that will play out in a school shooting. Maybe it’s because they have armed teachers there hasn’t been an incident, but we just don’t know enough.
After the infamous Parkland shooting, Emma Gonzalez became well known as one of the most vocal advocates for gun regulations after 17 of her peers died in the shooting. She states that the plan for arming teachers is “stupid’ and she’s right. I found myself mirroring a lot of her points. She mentions how her school ran out of paper within two weeks, and wondered how are they going to afford arming and training teachers.
There's more then just funding that goes into this issue. There's also a moral responsibility in asking teachers to carry out and be heroes. No one knows how they’re going to act in a time of chaos and stress, especially with open fire. Arming teachers adds to a chance of cross fire. Even after undergoing training and handling a gun, you can still make mistakes and end more lives. How can we ask our teachers to kill someone? Yes, do you deserve to be able to defend yourself against someone with a will to harm you? Of course you do.
But how can we expect unexperienced history professors to be able to act out with clarity and precision. Let alone, if it were one of their students that they knew. Opening fire on either a stranger or a familiar face is hard enough, but school shootings are messy and quick. There's a lot of panic, and I don’t see how arming teachers will help. We all want a solution to this problem, but this is not it.