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After school violence, traumatized teachers need help

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Edward Mooney says it's crucial that schools make psychological help available to teachers after tragedies and that the community offers support.
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This video focuses on a school math teacher that put his life on the line and was killed by a 13 year old student. The newscaster interviews the mayor over the phone and asks for his insights on the issue. He ultimately emphasizes the idea that the behavior starts at home. Parents are more cognizant of what is going on at home and they are aware of any issues that occur. He highlights the idea that our society needs to focus on better parenting in order to prevent these issues. I hadn't really thought about this before watching the video. I agree that the parents should know what is going on in their child's life but I don't always think it's etremely easy to detect individuals with mental health issues. Sometimes these indivudals are very good at hiding how they truly feel on the inside. He then details the event and says that unfortunately, it's hard to stop something like school shootings. People can easily get through the net and it's extremely hard to know when this will occur. I agree with the mayor that these events are truly hard to predict. However, I believe that there should be some security avilable in order to attempt to prevent such events. What really stuck out to me was that the teacher that was killed fought in Afghanistan. He can make it out of Afghanistan alive but he can't make it out of a school alive? This is extremely eye opening. It's clear that school shootings have become a prevalent issue in society and we need to focus on specific ways to prevent these issues from occurring more often than they already are. We need to work hard to decrease these incidents from happening. Schools are a place where teachers teach and students learn. They shouldn't become a place where students and teachers are killed due to invaders or mentally unstable students. Every single time I read or hear about a school shooting, I think about my future as a teacher. I will continue to research this topic in order to hopefully improve school security in the future. We can't ignore these issues, they need to be solved immediately; it's innocent peoples lives that we are trying to save. 

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Shooter at Colorado high school, 2 injured

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Karl Pierson has been identified as the senior who walked into Arapahoe High School in Colorado with a shotgun Friday and targeted his debate team coach.
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This article details another school shooting that occured a few days ago. It truly angers me that school shootings continually seem to occur. What are teachers and students doing wrong that they aren't aware of a student that seems depressed or disturbed? Or are these shooters just concealing how they truly feel on the inside? Gunman Karl Pierson was targeting Librarian Tracy Murphy. Pierson injured three students and ultimately shot and killed himself. What really struck me is that this event occured just miles from Columbine High School and the Aurora movie theatre. In addition, the shooting occurred on the eve of the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Is this all a coincidence? I had never really thought about the issues of guns in schools until I started researching the topic. I knew and understood that guns were an extreme problem but I didn't truly understand how many school shootings occur. It's so terrible to know that some students can't even feel safe when they are in school. School is supposed to promote a safe and educational learning environment. What are the best ways to prevent these incidents from occurring? As a future educator, these events truly scare me. In these situations, what is the best way to act? How do you calm your students? Is there actually a way to predict these events? I think it's important for schools to focus on implementing a higher degree of security. This summer, the elementary school I worked at had all doors locked at all times. The only way anyone could enter the school was if the administrators in the office buzzed them in. The members in the office had cameras and could see who was outside. I know at points it seems extreme, but I think it is so necessary. This prevents any outside invaders from getting into the school. However, how do we prevent students from bringing weapons? It seems so ridiculous for schools to have metal detectors and high secuirty measures, but as the more shootings occur, the more this makes complete sense. We want children and educators to feel safe. 

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Mom's rant about rules against toy guns in schools goes viral

Mom's rant about rules against toy guns in schools goes viral | Guns in Schools | Scoop.it
Stephanie Metz of South Dakota was inspired to write her rant against over-parenting when she heard her son's take on toy guns in the classroom.

Via Thomas Wentzel
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In a mother's blog (Stephanie Metz) about toy guns, she emphasizes the idea that her children should be able to bring toy guns to school. She talks about her children and how they thoroughly enjoy playing with action figures, toy guns, toy soldiers etc. When I read her blog, I was not surprised about the fact that the child would most likely get in trouble if he brought an action figure that held a little drill to school for show and tell. Her son pulled out the toy gun and changed his mind and stated, "I better not take this. My teacher will probably think it's a gun, and then I'll get in trouble." This really angered Metz. She doesn't understand why her little boys aren't allowed to play with toys that little boys have been playing with for so many decades. She doesn't believe her children should be attacked for their "typical boy-ish behavior," and is offended that her boys will most likely be attacked for being violent, agressive, or even for being bullies. In a sense, I understand where the mother is coming from. I believe little children should be allowed to play with action figures and soldiers etc. Children have been playing with these toys for decades and just because they play with these toys doesn't mean that they are violent. If parents allow their children to play with these toys at home then I believe that is appropriate. However, I think these toys should stay at home; I do not believe they need to be brought into the school environment. Since some parents don't allow their children to play with these toys, they shouldn't be introduced to them within the school setting. I believe it's the parents choice and responsibilty. However, I think parents should emphasize the fact that violence should never be the answer. Toy guns are for fun and shouldn't introduce harmful behavior. Metz "lets her kids be in order to make them better people and she thinks the world could use a dose of letting kids be."

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Boy, 12, Arrested After Gun Goes Off In School Restroom - CBS Local

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Boy, 12, Arrested After Gun Goes Off In School Restroom
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BERKELEY, Ill. (CBS) – A 12-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday, after accidentally firing a gun inside a restroom at a west suburban middle school.
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This article was very shocking to me. When I think about people having guns in schools, I think about events such as the tragic event at Sandy Hook this past year. However, this article explained a 12 year old boy who had a gun at school. The gun was accidentally fired in the bathroom but no one was injured or threatened. When questioned, the student said he didn't know why he brought the gun to school and there was no particular reason. Because the student broke school policy, he was arrested. I think this example is extremely important and it shows the ability of the school to take action when situations such as this occur. It's important to focus on the idea that, "The district does not tolerate weapons, or the threat of weapons, in our schools." I'm sure the parents and community members were thankful for the actions taken by the school in order to make sure the children were safe. Even though the student didn't shoot anyone and claimed that there was no reason for the gun to be brought to school, I think the actions taken were completely necessary. Guns are not something to joke about and every matter should be taken seriously. With the recent shootings in schools, it's completely understandable for the student to get into trouble, regardless of his intentions. Another thing that shocked me was that this 12 year old boy carried a gun. Has our society become that unsafe that 12 years olds are carrying guns for whatever purpose? These events just bring light to the importance of promoting safety in schools.

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Julie Newman's comment, December 10, 2013 7:37 PM
This article shook me up because I cannot imagine how scared the other students and teachers in the school must have been. This article makes me think that another aspect of this topic of guns in schools should be focus on psychological reasons of why a 12 year old boy might feel inclined to bring a gun to school in the first place. This event also makes me hope that this school, along with other schools across the country educate students on safety procedures as well as who to go to for help if you feel the urge to hurt yourself or someone else.
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NRA: Guns in schools would protect students - CBS News

NRA: Guns in schools would protect students - CBS News | Guns in Schools | Scoop.it
Interrupted twice by pro-gun control protesters, NRA VP suggests the victims of Newtown would have been spared if "a good guy with a gun" had been present
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This video displays the opinions of the NRA Vice President. He focuses on the idea that no one stops a bad guy with a gun besides a good guy with a gun. He then moves on to the shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook. What if the shooter was confronted with qualified armed security? Would this have saved the lives of many children? This video really allowed me to think about the topic of armed security in schools. Other articles express the idea of having armed teachers. The concept of armed teachers still puzzles me but I now understand the importance of incoporating armed security into the school setting. Even though this shouldn't have to be the case, it could potentially save numerous lives in the future. If school shootings weren't so prevalent, I would think that this proposal was ridiculous. However, I now realize the necessity of armed security in a school setting in order to promote a safe environment. I was then shocked to discover that 1/3 of America's schools already have armed security present in the school. I didn't realize that a large amount of schools are adopting this idea. In addition, I learned that an armed security official was present at the Columbine shooting in 1999 and this official was not able to prevent the incident from occurring. However, 14 years later, I believe that armed security would significantly decrease the occurences of school shootings. If students and or outside invaders that are attempting to kill people know that armed security guards are present, I think that they would be less likely to complete these acts. The woman speaker then focuses on the issue by saying that the real problem is the easy access to these killing machines. I agree that guns and harmful weapons shouldn't be so easily accessible in our society. When regarding guns in schools, there are so many aspects to consider in order to prevent these issues in the future. However, this video did open my eyes to the importance of armed officials. In my opinion, it's so sad that this is what education has come to. However, I have come to terms with this concept because I truly value student and teacher safety. 

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Guns In School: Colorado District Approves Armed Teachers - The Inquisitr

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Guns In School: Colorado District Approves Armed Teachers
The Inquisitr
Guns will soon be allowed on at least on rural Colorado school campus.
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The title of this article intrigued me. According to the article, "Briggsdale School District approved a concealed carry resolution which will now allow for trained armed teachers.The educators who carry guns on campus must participate in ongoing training." As a future teacher, this article scared me. Is our society so unsafe that teachers need to be prepared with guns in order to protect the students from an intruder? I then thought back to the shooting at Sandy Hook. If the teachers had guns, would the lives of many children have been saved? This article really allowed me to question a lot of different perspectives. I typically have a very strong opinion about a topic but this specific topic puzzles me. In some aspects, I understand the importance of teachers having guns in the classroom. If a harmful person were to enter the classroom, the teacher would have a greater chance of protecting his/her students compared to if he/she didn't carry a gun. However, how would this impact the students? Would they be afraid to go to school? Would they feel unsafe? Would this promote the usage of violence among students? I think it would be interesting to hear from other teachers, parents, sutdents, community members etc about this topic. I would like to further research this topic if it is eventually going to be implemented across the country.

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Julie Newman's comment, December 10, 2013 7:41 PM
After reading this article I had a reaction very similar to Abby's. As a future teacher, the fact that many teachers feel the need to be armed in schools scare me. However, I cannot fully decide my point of view on this situation. I feel as though having a gun in the classroom would not only terrify students, but it could also give the students the wrong message about using violence to solve a problem. However, does the possibility to be able to protect your students in the case of an emergency outweigh the cons?
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School sparks debate on students, guns: #tellusatoday - USA TODAY

School sparks debate on students, guns: #tellusatoday - USA TODAY | Guns in Schools | Scoop.it
School sparks debate on students, guns: #tellusatoday
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Gonzaga University is reviewing its gun policy after students were put on probation for using a gun to fight off an intruder.
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After students were put on probation for using a gun to fight off an intruder, Gonzaga University is reviewing its gun policy. USA today asked twitter followers whether they believe students should be allowed to have guns on campuses or not. I was shocked when I read the variety of different tweets. Some people were for guns, while others were strongly against. For example, one peson admitted, "The Second Amendment applies to all citizens, not just a few. I think students should be able to carry guns." Another person tweeted back asking if college students should be considered American citizens. I thought this was ridiculous. I'm sure the comment was to spark more debate but I strongly believe that college students are considered U.S. citizens. Why wouldn't they be? Another person responded strongly against the allowing of guns on campus. They stated, "Absolutely not. You don't want instances worse than Kent State. Their brains aren't fully developed until years after college." Reading these tweets brought my attention to the differences in opinions regarding gun laws. It's a difficult and ongoing debate. I do not believe that students should be able to carry guns with them on school grounds or in school owned institutions. However, if students' parents own guns and keep them in the privacy of their home, I think that is acceptable and legal. 

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