Have you given any thought to how much things have changed?
It is a fact that things have changed and aren’t what they used
This is what time will do. It moves things along and we get in
step, or we are left behind. However, does that mean we have
to get in lock step with everything?
It is my opinion we must use our discernment about the trends
that we follow. Not everything is worthy of our time and
We know that school shootings sadly have reached a crisis
point in our nation. Our children and teachers are at risk. Law
enforcement officers are also being challenged by what is
happening today. Lives have been lost and families have been
Every day we mourn their lives and pray for their families.
Words are inadequate as we try to mend broken hearts and
Now there is a new trend developing about what to do to stop
violence in schools. There are those who want teachers to
begin taking guns to school. They believe that brandishing a
firearm will curb the tragedies in our schools.
The question written on the chalkboard is, “should teachers
carry guns in schools?
I was a teacher in both high school and college. During my
tenure, there were no guns in schools. In fact, guns weren’t a
topic of conversation.
Students and the larger education community had as its goal
teaching and learning. The environment we lived in wanted
children to reach their full potential and for teachers to enjoy
Teachers were valuable members of their communities. Who
would harm a student or a teacher? If you did, your life would
be forever changed. Your reputation would be ruined, and your
character would be assailed.
Now our society has changed. Values that we shared are no
longer cherished. For example, teachers are under-funded and
are devalued. A moral decline has come over our beloved
There are states now that are moving closer to allowing
teachers to carry guns in schools. Leaders in them have been
proactive in their efforts to create legislation that will allow it to
In my opinion, these states are short-sighted and are putting
more people at risk. When teachers are preparing for work,
does he\she pack a pistol?
Just thinking about that scenario is both frightful and sad. It is
my strong opinion that teachers should not carry guns in
Having teachers with guns around students at any level during
the day is dangerous and alarming. There is simply too much
unplanned that can happen with an armed teacher in a
What would happen if a teacher’s gun was stolen or misplaced?
What if a young child unknowingly took possession of a
teacher’s gun? There would be wholesale panic, and the
authorities would probably be called.
There must be some other ways to keep schools safe. First off,
every school system in this country must know and understand
that a school shooting could happen to them. Therefore,
safeguards must be in place and installed. Being reactionary
after something tragic happens is the wrong approach. Beef up
before and not afterwards!
Having security guards is a must. Having checkpoints before
entering schools is a must. Knowing where police stations are in
relationship to the school is a must. These are my opinions.
The debate on whether to have guns in schools is not going
away. Pro-gun folks are going to be dogged and determined to
have teachers carrying guns. If you are against teachers carrying
guns in schools, you too must speak up and speak out.
Unfortunately, but I believe true, we have not seen the last
school shooting. It is up to us to strengthen and enhance our
systems in order to keep our children and teachers safe. I
believe we can agree upon that fact.