WEATHERFORD, TX — One of the biggest (and now best-defended) school districts has voted to arm teachers in the classroom, WBAP reports.
These teachers now have the chance to carry concealed, but it’s totally optional. That leaves anyone with the intent of hurting innocent kids with the question of a generation:
Do you feel lucky, punk?
As WBAP reports:
The Defender Program as its being called is completely voluntary for all teachers and staff. District officials say anyone who participates will go through an extensive training process with annual training requirements and undergo a psychological review, fingerprinting, background check and administrative approval.
The program leaves all individuals who participate anonymous and does not allow any citizen with a License to Carry the right to carry a weapon on Weatherford ISD property. Training for students include safety drills and “See Something; Say Something” training on situational awareness. Safety kits containing a safety vest, pepper spray and a trauma kit will also be implemented into classrooms.
Other preventative measures will include one Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, two Intervention Counselors, and an Intervention Teacher that will be provide support to students’ social and emotional needs. This also includes a School Safety Coordinator who will be specifically focused on safety plans and processes for the District as well as a district-wide character education program.
You know, the arguments against this kind of provision are totally ridiculous. Let’s take a look at two of the most common ones I hear:
1. Teachers shouldn’t be armed because forcing teachers with mental illness or conscientious objectors to be armed will be a detriment to the educational community, not a benefit.
The silliness of this argument should be pretty evident. Nobody serious about the safety of our children is talking about arming “all” teachers, and we’re sure as hell not talking about forcing guns on people who don’t want them. Believe it or not, we Second Amendment folks think freedom is pretty groovy, by and large.
If you’ve got a depressive disorder or the like and don’t feel like you’d be able to use one judiciously in an instant of emergency, then we also don’t want you carrying one. We want you to be well, and manage whatever issues you face every day. Seriously, that’s not a dig. We wish you the best, and we don’t want to force guns down your throat.
Why should that prevent other educators from carrying concealed and keeping students safe?
2. Teachers shouldn’t be armed because students could gang up on the teacher, take their gun, and wreak havoc.
Uh, really? OK, let’s break this one down.
First of all, and for the upteenth time, these are anonymous teachers. You know, like students won’t know who they are — that kind of anonymous. Assuming these trained concealed carriers are carrying competently — a must for this whole program — you can’t see these firearms everyone assumes students are all just a-jumpin’ to get their hands on.
Secondly, can one seriously think that overpowering a trained, armed teacher is the easiest way to illegally access firearms? On top of that, how much damage could one possibly hope to inflict with a firearm they’re unfamiliar with before being apprehended?
The argument suggests that concealed carriers are wildly incompetent and that students are evil. There are certainly some disturbed kids in our schools, just like anywhere else, but come on.
The sooner armed teachers are installed all over this good country of ours, the better we all are.
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