Arming Teachers to Protect our Kids.

I have some serious, and sincere, questions for those proposing that teachers be armed in order to protect children in school.

Would the arming of teachers be a suggestion or a requirement?
Is the state going to issue firearms to school teachers? Or should each teacher buy their own?
How will that be accomplished? Will someone arrange a gun show just for teachers? Will there be any additional background checks?

Who is going to pay for those weapons?
The state? Or the teacher?
Will the state give each teacher a voucher that will cover a portion of the cost of the firearm, and the teacher can make up any difference in price out of their own pockets?
Freedom of choice, you know.

Who will pay for training teachers to use firearms?
The state, the teacher, or will the NRA step up and provide training for every teacher in the state, free of charge?

Exactly which brand and style of weapon? Who makes that decision?
If the state issues firearms and a teacher should lose the weapon, will the state write that off as a loss, or require reimbursement from the teacher?

If the teacher has to purchase their own firearm, will NCGA find money to give them a bump in pay?
Or, now that teachers have been levied with a new work requirement, that of shooting armed invaders, will NCGA give all teachers a pay raise?
Will this be written into the contracts used to hire teachers?
Will there be a firearm proficiency standard a person has to meet to be hired as a teacher?
How much of a pay increase would that be?
Having teachers carry firearms basically makes every teacher a school resource officer.
How much additional salary would cover that requirement? Where will the funds come from? Will taxes have to go up?

Should a teacher be unsuccessful in defending their students from attack, will they have legal liability for that failure?

Will NCGA offer to reimburse teachers for the cost of ammunition? Teachers will need to practice their shooting skills on a regular basis, just as law enforcement officers do.
Will the state provide the teacher with ammunition for practice shooting?
Can a teacher take time off during the school day to visit a shooting range for this practice, and will the state fully pay for the cost of a substitute teacher for this time?
(Will substitute teachers face the same requirements as regular staff--will the pay offered to subs go up?)

In the history of school shootings, teachers have voluntarily used their own bodies to shield their students. If teachers become de facto school resource officers will that now become a requirement?
Is there a salary increase for that or some kind of hazardous duty pay?
Actuarily, how much is a teacher's life worth? Will life insurance policies cost more for those who teach?

If a teacher has to choose between purchasing a firearm or purchasing class room supplies, what do you recommend? Bullets or copy paper?
If teachers must purchase their own weapon, will NCGA allow them to write the cost of that weapon off their state income taxes, or will it be subject to the limits currently in place for classroom supplies?

Should shooting skills and firearms maintenance be taught in the teacher training programs at our universities?
Will NCGA legislate this as a requirement for certification as a teacher?
Will the teacher be required to pay for this, as a college class? Or will the state make sure it is available at no cost to them?

Will charter schools and private schools who receive vouchers from the state be held to these same requirements?
How will charters or voucher recipients provide proof that such requirements have been met?
Are there charter or voucher schools who already allow/require teachers to be armed and have these schools had any experiences with this that they could share with traditional public schools?

During the school day, does the teacher wear their firearm strapped to their hip?
Will that get in their way as they move through classroom activities? Could location of the firearm vary by grade level or activity, sometimes in a desk, sometimes on the body?
Could a child potentially reach for that firearm, out of curiosity or even malice? What if a child causes that firearm to go off?
Will concern over the location and safety of that firearm distract a teacher from the lesson plan for the day?

Or should a firearm be kept in a drawer somewhere, like their desk?
Do teacher's desks have a drawer that can be locked?
If so, is this a cheap desk or something solid that cannot be broken into?

Should teachers be required to carry their firearm with them as they move about the school building or campus?
Can, or should, a PE instructor wear their firearm when they take students outside for class activities?
Should a teacher with a firearm be stationed in the cafeteria during lunch time?
Or in hallways, when kids move from one class to another?
Or should an armed teacher be present at every point of entry to the school building or buildings?

Should a teacher's firearm go off accidentally and a student (or another adult) is fatally wounded, will that teacher be charged with a crime?

Its very easy to say, hey, give the teachers a gun so they can shoot back. It's harder to do it.



It's a phenomenally bad idea

Aside from the fact that teachers are also (gasp!) human, prone to many of the potential fears and miscalculations that plague all of us, just increasing the quantity and strategic distribution of firearms on school grounds is a recipe for disaster.

Law enforcement was initially adamantly opposed to this, but political pressure has moved many of them to try and find a way to do this safely (or as safely as possible). Such as making these teachers and admin folks go through almost the same level of training cops get. But cops don't make laws, they enforce them. And whatever is in the Legislation in the respective states is what actually happens.

And we here in NC need to be wary of rogue Democrats jumping on this bandwagon. This comment was taken from Nancy Vaughn's facebook post on how to use the City's authority to reduce assault weapons in the area:

David W Moore: Now is the time to allow the arming of educators and faculty that would volunteer to be protectors in those life and death situations should they occur.
It's time to stop being negligent when it comes to defending schools.

I know, David is way out on the fringe, and not likely to get even close to winning a Democratic Primary anytime soon. The knowledge of which has made him even fringier. That may not be a real word, but I like it anyway...

What Should Be Done First

Fortunately, there are commonsense alternatives to arming all teachers.

In the FEMA course on defending v. Active Cowards I took in Oregon's oldest synagogue (NEVER AGAIN!) I was taught to
a) Lock the door between me and the Coward
b) If the place I am at does not care enough to have solid core doors, barracade and get out of sight
c) Only after a) and b) do I try any active defense.

a) can be accomplished with a bent or welded piece of sheet steel or aluminum made in shop class as an exercise by high school students, notched to drop over the door handle on the inside so the Coward cannot see it is in place. If there's no shop class, well, it can be bought commercially: The # 2, if installed 34" to 48" over the floor, would comply with fire code, so teachers in a wheelchair could easily use it: (and, no, I have no connection to the manufacturer).

Door blocks are also useful against threats like

b) Since the AR-15 has a .223 small diameter projectile weighing less than a sheet of copy paper (1/7 oz. or less), a thin steel plate on the outside of the door is a VERY good idea. When the very small bullet hits, it shatters, and some of the fragments will fly back at the shooter, which will hurt, discouraging the shooter. As Andrew Vachss says, 'Bullies aren't attracted to good fights; they're attracted to easy victims.'

c) Well, active defense? It's obvious the original poster doesn't want it. But, the sheriff of Butler County, Ohio is offering free training, and teachers' other expenses are covered by a 501(c)(3) set up specifically for the purpose.

Now that we've talked about what schools should do beforehand, let's talk about what they should NOT do. They should NOT have a written, verbal, or sub rosa agreement to avoid arresting mentally ill students and former students who have a history of trouble, just to avoid getting dinged on their state aid, LIKE BROWARD COUNTY DID.

You see, Cruz was known to be banned by the 'school resource' deputy:

But, if it's more important that a school exists to generate revenue, rather than protect its students, then this happens.

Fortunately, this kind of cowardism is on the decline nationally:

It's just that the mass media has gotten better at making sure we know about every incidence of cowardly murderers.