So will I get a badge and pepper spray too?

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There has been a lot of debate about gun control lately. With all the shootings going on and the amount of violence in our cities, I think it’s a fair topic.

One of the main points of discussion has been about teachers or administrators being armed themselves when it comes to school security. Here’s my perspective: every school is different, so we should leave it up to districts and administrators as to how they run their security.

Every school is different, so we should leave it up to districts and administrators as to how they run their security.

I work in a pretty rough school in a pretty rough district. In fact, I work in a building that has experienced a shooting before. For that reason, I’m very thankful for the armed security officers we have in our buildings. They know how to do their job and do it very well. Honestly, I wish we had more of them.

With that said, I don’t think that it would be a good idea for me or our administrators to be armed as well. It wouldn’t take much for some of our students to snap and try to wrestle a weapon from a staff member. But, they perceive a uniform and badge differently than they do khakis and a polo.

They perceive a uniform and badge differently than they do khakis and a polo.

On the other hand, I went to an academically successful suburban high school in which there was very little chance of any sort of student mutiny or attacks on staff. Arming teachers in this setting makes more sense to me for two reasons.

1. It’s safer for the teachers and administrators in question.
2. These settings seem to be the ones often targeted for mass shootings.

Think about it: Columbine and Sandy Hook both fit the latter profile – suburban, well-behaved, generally filled with people who appear more “successful” or “perfect.” They also tend to have less security coverage throughout their buildings. A resource officer may pop in and out or a staff may be stationed at the entrance, but there aren’t typically security personnel stationed on every floor like my building. Having an armed teacher (especially if the students don’t know they are armed) in these settings could save lives.

Either way one looks at it, I think we need to leave this decision up to local administrators, because every school is different.

Have any of your schools made decisions on how to handle this? What’s your perspective or opinion?