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Attorneys for a Washington, D.C.-based gun-control advocacy group have the tiny school district of Harrold in their sights.
The 110-student district, 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth near Wichita Falls, made international news last week with a new policy that allows teachers to carry handguns if they have a state permit and permission from the district. The move appears to be unprecedented.
But the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says school officials may be violating state law.
Originally posted by maria_stardustTeachers are stretched out thin enough as it is now days. In addition to educating our children, they are role models, counselors, mediators and mentors. They put together lesson plans, many times teach multiple subjects, grade papers, give tests, mete discipline, dry tears and provide a sympathetic ear. And that, my friend, is just the tip of the iceberg. They are great multi-taskers because their jobs demand it.
But has it ever occurred to you, that perhaps their plates are overflowing as it currently stands. Don't you think that our educators put up with a bit more job stress than the average Joe. However, our teachers deal with this kind of pressure each and everyday of the school year. A lesser person would crack under such duress.
The point is, teachers are only human, and humans can only handle so much. They aren't superhuman. They can snap just like anyone else. Perhaps even more so, considering the constant stress they're under performing their duties. Now you have the audacity to suggest they arm themselves!?!
As it stands, teachers don't earn enough respect or pay. Now you want them to play cops. Truth is there will be very few students and parents who will feel safer knowing that teachers are roaming the school corridors packing heat. If anything, it will probably instill an undue level of suspicion and fear, as opposed to building trust and goodwill.
And for what, I ask you. To pacify a small minority of gun enthusiasts who will go to any length to broaden the reach of the Second Amendment.
It saddens me to see that there are people who have such a blatant disrespect for our law enforcement officers. So much so, that they are willing to create school-oriented militias, as opposed to trusting those who are properly trained to serve and protect us.
What kind of message do you suppose that sends out to our children?
The wrong one.
Let the teachers teach, and the peacekeepers keep the peace.