posted on Dec, 16 2012 @ 02:35 AM
reply to post by Ex_CT2
I actually support this as well... The comment about leading the kids from differing scenarios except and active shooter I think hits the nail on the
As a law enforcement officer I can say responding to majpor incidents may only take minutes for us, but to people on the inside waiting for us those 3
minutes will seem like an eternity, and the amount of damage done can be massive.
The Columbine shooting was a major factor in changing how police respond to active shooters. We no longer wait for a swat / srt team response. The
training ive received, in 2 states now, says the moment we arrive on scene and there is more than one officer present, regardless of agency /
jurisdiction, we can take action.
My only concern about arming teachers is the issue of friendly fire. An active shooter and a teacher are going to be dressed the same, which is to
say they wont be in uniform, and making a distinction on who is friendly and who is foe in a situation like this can result in unintentional friendly
If schools adopt this type of policy I would like to see something that would allows teachers to carry and protect their students, but restrict them
to a classroom and only allow force when its optimal. Having armed teachers in the building hunting an active shooter with no way to identify them as
teachers could cause more problems.
The above does not even cover the stress the body goes through in a situation like an active shooter. The Adrennaline dump alone is enough to shut a
person down who is not prepared for the reduction in hearing / sight / fine motor control / ability to identify a threat prior to shooting etc...