School teachers should not be armed with guns
Audience: People who believe that school teachers should carry guns
Purpose: To present alternate security measures in schools instead of teachers being armed with guns
Situation/Occasion: Too many shootings in our schools
Voice: Person against school teachers carrying guns
Three hundred and twenty-three students have died in documented school shootings over the past 15 years according to ABC News. Below are some of the most tragic incidents.
The Columbine High School massacre in April of 1999 resulted in the death of twelve students and one teacher. Twenty-four additional students were injured.
In April of 2007 a mass murder took place on the VA Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA, where thirty-three people were killed and fifteen others were wounded.
More recently in December of 2012 twenty children between the ages of 5 and 10 along with six staff members were killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
These are among the deadliest shootings that have taken place in our learning institutions in U.S. history. What measures are being taken to prevent this from happening again? Among the many solutions that were advocated, the arming of school teachers has been suggested. I firmly believe that it is not an educator’s responsibility to provide public safety. That is a law enforcement function.
Unfortunately, after the Sandy Hook tragedy several states have adopted a law that school teachers can carry concealed weapons into schools for their own protection and to help protect the students and staff. However, South Dakota is the only state that specifically permits each school employee, including teachers, secretaries and cooks, to take a training course and carry a gun. With these new laws arise new issues and having firearms on school grounds pose a higher risk to the safety of the staff and students. A gun could miss-fire, an angry student could disarm a teacher...