December 19, 2012


I need someone to explain to me why Rick Perry and his peeps are talking about arming teachers to make schools safer. Putting aside for the moment the fact that we’d then regularly have guns in a room filled with six-year-olds…

… no, let’s not put that aside, actually. This week, I didn’t allow my six-year-old to take a large bolt to school. Or a long gold chain. Because he can turn those things into pretty serious weapons, an ability he also has with rocks, sticks, mittens, and Geronimo Stilton books. That list is not inclusive. Someone explain to me exactly how having a gun in the room with him would increase classroom security.

Then there’s the question of whether we really want to make toting a gun a part of the teaching profession. See, what I look for in my kid’s first-grade teacher is warmth and love and creativity and an ability to set boundaries. I have a hard time making that jive with Beretta owner.

Not to mention, who the hell is going to go into teaching when we add firearms to the job description? It’s hard enough getting intelligent people to work for the craptastic pay these people get without saying, “Oh, yeah, and feel free to bring your handgun to school.”

On the bright side, former gang members will have a nice list of “special skills” at the bottom of their teaching resumes.

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  • Reply Melanie December 19, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I agree, terrible idea. Having armed security at the school during operation? I am not as opposed to. When I was in high school there was a teen who frequently in trouble with the law and had to wear a delightful “bracelet” at our school since he was only allowed at school and home. He did his level best to make sure he didn’t have to be at school very often as was exhibited often by his ability to pick fights/ throw chairs/ set off fireworks/ fill halls with smoke bombs/ set fire to the electric panel of the whole school/ bomb threats and countless other crap. I was so sick of him causing us “lock ins” or evacuations and I was secretly relieved when he was considered a big enough threat that we had a couple of cops and a police dog on site the rest of the school year. That was 3 years before Columbine. It never once crossed my mind to fear gun violence from this idiot, but I wasn’t convinced that he couldnt cause a larger fire and put us at risk in other ways. Last year when my son’s elementary school went on lock down because a parent broke thru the office and was going to “handle” a school bully herself, I was wishing that a cop had been on site then too. She was unarmed, she was calmed down by faculty, ticketed by police and asked never to return on school property but not before she scared a few kids and forced a whole school on lock-down.

  • Reply Poker Chick December 19, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Those Geronimo Stilton books ARE scary…

  • Reply WendyElissa December 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I can not believe that would actually happen. I just do not want to believe that because then I would not be returning to teaching. And I would have to homeschool my daughters too. If teachers are required to have handguns then the world is worse off then I already thought.

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