School shootings have the ability to be stopped. They are largely one of the worst repeated tragedies our great nation has endured, and they should be stopped today! No terrorist wants to go out in his/her infamous blaze of “glory” by failing in their attempt. Arming educators has the capability to end school shootings in this decade. “And I haven’t even touched upon the pure deterrent effect of a potential mass murderer having to worry one of his targets might be armed” (Concealed Weapons). This quote presents the very real possibility that just if teachers are armed, future shooters will reconsider and possibly not attempt it at all. Providing this overwhelming deterrent in the foremost thoughts of a would be murderer emphasizes the positive effect concealed weapons operated by teachers could
Now more than ever the increase of in school massacres are starting to become more evident. The Sandy Hook and Oregon shootings are sending people searching for a way to keep their children safe when they are away from home receiving an education. This poses an issue, some people see it is fit for teachers to be armed with a gun in case of future attacks on the school. The outcome that will follow from arming teachers will be negative, but there is a solution that involves the protection of students without handing guns over to teachers.
Although countless people would argue against it, there are some advantages to allowing teachers to carry guns. In recent cases of school shootings, the response time of the local authorities has been quick, but not quick enough to find and take do...
Guns and Violence. Ed. Debra A. Miller. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2009. Current Controversies. Rpt. from "Making Our Schools Safe: The Virginia Tech Shooting Rampage Highlights the Vulnerability of Our Schools to Gun Violence, But the Answer to the Problem Is Not More Gun-Control." The New American 23.11 (26 May 2007): 12. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 4 Feb. 2014.
Education is a key to dealing with the crime rate in America. The more young men and women trained in the use of weaponry by trained professionals could go a long way towards reducing the crimes committed in this country. According to a survey done by the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of elementary-age teachers claimed that most teachers believe that education on guns would greatly benefit gun safety. This survey distributed 150 s...
Homicide, with an average of thirteen children per day, is the second leading cause of death among America’s youth. Contrary to popular belief only 2% of this violence occur on school ground (“School-Associated Violent Death Study”). With this in mind, should teachers be armed? A gun in the home makes the likelihood of homicide three times higher, suicide three to five times higher, and accidental death four times higher (“Protect Children Not Guns”). A school is no different: the more guns the more need to use them. The idea behind arming teachers is to add safety. If only 2% of homicides occur on school grounds, guns being allowed would only increase that percent. Guns would add danger, fear, and stress to an already chaotic environment.
American schools have become the crime scenes of numerous murders throughout the centuries. "From 1760 until 2010, in the United States alone, there have been more than 310 documented school shootings on school property"(Duplechain and Morris 1). Teachers and students do not consider school a dangerous place and never recognize that they could experience such a horrendous situation. However, the causes related to the shootings include gun control, bullying, and the lack of attention towards potential shooters. School shootings have no place in our nation 's schools, for this reason we need to educate ourselves with the causes in order to prevent shootings in the future.
School safety plans have had an increase in focus over the past decade due to the increase of televised coverage in mass school shootings. School officials relied upon the moral rationales that support aggressive street policing as they struggled to” reach the students” and make sense of the new disciplinary policies while maintaining their identities as educators (Garret, 2001). In reacting fashion, schools placed an emphasis on gun safety. As originally enacted on March 31, 1994 the Gun-Safe Schools Act (GFSA) required each state receiving Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds to have in effect a state law require local educational agencies LEAs to expel from school for a period of not less than one year a student who was determined to have brought a weapon to school (Thomas, 2006). The focus of trying to keep guns out of schools had administrators putting plans in place with little information as to what works for schools. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Educatiohttp://ed.grammarly.com/editor/content?page.paperReportKey=#n (2003) informed educators that they needed to add the possibility of terrorist attacks to the safety plans of schools knowing that this would stretch the ability of schools to meet the needs of the students and community. Reactions to school sho...
This sounds dangerous, having guns in schools, but it actually provides more security. Most SRO’s have guns, which they are trained to use. Kenneth S. Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services, says, “School districts considering arming teachers and school staff with guns would take on significant responsibility and potential liabilities that I firmly believe are beyond the expertise, knowledge-base, experience, and professional capabilities of most school boards and administrators” (Arming Teachers and School Staff- School Security”). Trump does not believe that teachers should be allowed to arm guns inside the school because of a liability issue. Nonetheless, most houses have guns in them, but when they are put up in a safe, or somewhere children cannot get to, the house is still a safe place. Therefore, if the school did allow the teachers to obtain a gun somewhere in the classroom, intruders would be less likely to show up because they know it is the whole school against the single, or few intruders. Teachers will only be allowed to be armed at school if they have a concealed weapons permit, CWP, and are thoroughly trained on how to use a gun. Teachers will be required to go through a drill once a month on how they should hand the situation if an intruder were to come into the building, as well as how they should handle a gun and when they should use the gun. Due to only
In finding appropriate, working solutions to school violence, we first need to find the root of the problem. Does the accessibility of guns really play a major role in the problem? The answer is no, it does not. Putting up metal detectors, forcing mesh (see-through) backpacks, and hiring thousands of uniformed security guards will not solve the problem (Cloud 1). Finding a permanent, better resulting answer demands a closer look at where the problem starts. Kids are growing up these days with little or no real punishment compared to thirty years ago. Kids just do not respect the teacher’s authority anymore because parents, concerned for the civil rights of their children, make teachers go through a long litany of proceedings in order to punish a student (Toby 3). A hearing must take place during which accusations must be made fully supported by witnesses to these accusations to suspend a misbehaving student. Ideas such as “zero tolerance” are created to try and give power immediately back to the teachers, yet it only causes more problems. The zero tolerance punishes severely any violation of a law, no matter how small or large the infraction might be, in order to make an example (Skiba 3).