Some ideas for school safety that have come out of this incident include, gun control laws, mental health screenings, and things that can be done in schools to control the situation of having an active shooter. One method of deterring an active shooter was stated as arming select teachers within schools in order to effectively end the situation and protect the students. The idea of arming teachers would simply be changing concealed carry laws in states so that teachers could potentially fight back against a school shooter. This idea, while having some kinks to work out has good intentions and would save numerous young lives in this kind of situation. The teachers carrying firearms would be trained and they would need to receive training often to continue carrying their gun on school grounds.
Taking this action of emphasizing the importance of concealing AR-15’s amongst faculty not only benefits the school safety but you as an impressionable-adolescent student: offering lethal weapons, background knowledge, and experience to all students during school will inherently increase safety. Districts should encourage you, teachers, to carry AR-15’s to protect your students, and in exchange put your name in a raffle for teacher of the month or your name printed in white bolded letters on top of your new designated parking spot. If you are the name bolded in white letters on that sweet parking spot that is now closer to your homeroom, get angry and happens to shoot a couple of ungrateful kids, it’s simply expectable because there was bound to be a shooting at your school anyways; you are just the proud teacher whose name is now engraved on a fake golden plaque hanging on a wall
The stronger side is that children should be taught gun safety. This side is better because it gave a lot more information on why they should be taught. On the other side it just talked about more accidents that happened which kind of goes back to why gun safety should be taught. Gun safety should be taught to children. There are too many accidents that happen with children handling guns without knowing how to use them.
Teachers did not go into their profession to be babysitters, and they certainly didn 't go into it to be security guards. Now society is trying to force them to be both. How anyone could possibly secure those weapons so that students could never obtain them would be a nightmare- and unrealistic? And to think that if a school full of teenagers can access a weapon in every classroom that violence would decrease is absurd. There are many negatives to teachers owning guns such as: cost of training and weapons, teachers turning against their students, and keeping teacher who has the gun a secret.
Since the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, there has been at least 239 school shootings nationwide. In those 239 events, more than 400 people have been shot, of those 438, 138 were killed. 138 daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers went to school one day and never made it home (Patel). In response to the school shootings, schools use lock down drills to help prepare students and staff for an unspeakable event if one were to occur. Lock down drills’ purpose is to help prepare students and staff by making everyone aware of what the plan is when there is an intruder in the school.
They believe that there should be someone on guard such as a police officer. Which I can understand, I do fully agree that there should be someone that is trained and trusted as a person overall to carry a gun inside somewhere that is often known to be a target. If there are maybe 2-4 officers in the school at all time they can spread out across the school and hopefully be able to stop the intruder before anything bad happens. There should be guns allowed in school, but only by someone who is trained for the job. So like they went to a military school or trained to be a security guard.
“Since 1990, there have been 22 shootings at elementary and secondary schools in which two or more people were killed” (Fox). These terrifying statistics plant fear in the hearts of parents and students alike. Children feeling unsafe in school disrupts their education and ability to focus on tasks. As well, there are many loopholes to gun purchasing restrictions in the United States. If a person served 11 months in prison, but not a year, they can still purchase a firearm with no problem.
On February 14, 2018, America was struck with another merciless school shooting. A 19 year-old Nikolas Cruz gunned down his former (was expelled at the time of shooting) high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. There were 17 victims that will forever be in the hearts of their fellow classmates. Nikolas later after the shooting blended into the crowd, and then went to a subway and ordered a drink. Now right in that very moment, there is definitely something wrong with the security system in the high school.
Lucy Hansen, a special education teacher, states, “I want to protect my students,” Hansen said. “I’m going to stand in front of a bullet for any student that is in my protection and so I want another option to defend us” (“'F' Is for Firearm: More Teachers Authorized to Carry Weapons in Classroom”). Ms. Hansen states the
Introduction Locked and unloaded; one teeny phrase has the potential to save hundreds of lives. Gun safety education classes being mandatory for all gun owners and family members was not a topic discussed throughout my research. It is essential to address gun safety because it is a right of US citizens to carry a gun and they can become very dangerous and fatal if not handled or stored properly. This can be improved by promoting gun safety education classes and making them mandatory for gun owners, including their family members. Children need to know the difference if they see a real gun how to distinguish it as different from their toys.