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How to deal with guns in school

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Nationwide, many students bring weapons to school, and metal detectors aren't enough to make them stop, says Ron Avi Astor
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This opinion piece is about students who continue to bring guns to school even though rules and security measures are being taken against them. Schools need to provide a caring and protective environment, especially when there are potential weapons in the building. Ron Astor, the author of this piece, says that stopping students from bringing weapons to schools is important but isn't being enforced. He gives evidence explaining how often a student brings a weapon or sees a weapon in schools to back up his claim that it is a prevalent problem in today's schools. He does mention that some students are simply using them for self-protection, but others use them against their peers in a threatening manner, which means it is a danger to the school community. Even with metal detectors and security systems in place in schools, weapons still slip by and the security systems can actually make the students feel less safe. Their mentality doesn't become we are safe because there are metal detectors, but that we are in an unsafe place because why else would they need metal detectors. I like that Astor states potential plans of action, because saying your opinion can be helpful but not very credible without a response. He suggests listening to the students and understanding their mentalities in order to address the problem because, ultimately, the guns are affecting them. I wish in high school my classmates and I had been asked before they put police officers in our school. They turned our school into a threatening environment because police officers put people on edge. I felt like going to school was dangerous sometimes because they would be patrolling the campus, which I took to mean something bad was happening, even if nothing was. They didn't make me feel safer, just more on edge.

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Trained officers are best bet for keeping schools safe

Trained officers are best bet for keeping schools safe | Guns in Schools | Scoop.it
It’s tempting to knock a state House committee that spent months and untold resources on a report that came to this pretty obvious and common-sense conclusion:
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This is an opinion piece on the "obvious" decision to place retired police officers in schools for protection instead of arming teachers. Like many other articles, this one discusses the problems with arming teachers, including the idea that teachers aren't properly trained in those situations. There's the potential for lawsuits, children having access to guns, and the potential that someone in the school with the gun could fire at will. The idea of using retired law officials to guard the schools makes the most sense according to the committee, because although they aren't able to continue their police work in the field, they would be more than capable to handle a potential situation in a school. Although this solution seems obvious, I think it is the best decision yet. The idea of arming random teachers in a school seems counterproductive and potentially dangerous. By having a law enforcement presence on any school campus, the potential to remedy the problem goes up. The only problem I have with the idea of using retired police officers is that they aren't in their primes anymore, and therefore could be slower to protect than those who are still in the force. This may be a biased opinion, but it does seem like having current law enforcement would be better than having people who are retired. I think the safety of schools is a serious issue because students come to schools expecting a safe environment to learn in, and parents send their kids to schools with the assumption that their children will be taken care of. 

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Arming Teachers and School Staff with Guns

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Arming teachers and school staff with guns not a recommended best practice
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This article directly opposes the article above about arming teachers in schools for security measures. In this article, it is directly advised that teachers not be armed because it isn't their primary responsibility to provide the public with a safe place to be. There are a number of questions and concerns that would come with arming teachers, and the simple fact is that it is "short-sighted for those supporting the idea to believe that educators who enter a profession to teach and serve a supportive, nurturing role with children could abruptly kick into the mindset to kill someone in a second's notice." Teachers are trained in educating students, not law enforcement. Police officers train for years in order to do their jobs, and it seems very unlikely that a teacher would fully know what to do in a shooting situation. There is a very big difference between someone who has been training their whole life to protect versus someone who has been training their whole life to teach, and putting a weapon on the latter person seems impractical. This goes beyond gun control and laws, it is about the implementation in a dangerous situation. A teacher hasn't gone through the proper training and qualifications to be considered fully able to handle a firearm. Without proper training, it seems unintelligent for schools to administer guns to their teachers. 

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Will These Gun-Toting Teachers Prevent Another Newtown?

Will These Gun-Toting Teachers Prevent Another Newtown? | Guns in Schools | Scoop.it
School districts nationwide are struggling to increase campus safety and avoid the fate of Sandy Hook Elementary. But whether they're arming staff or spending thousands on bank-level security measures, nobody knows what works.
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This article discusses the idea of arming some staff members at schools in order to prevent school shootings from happening. Although some states and counties in the United States are not arming their teachers, others are, for fear of being in danger during the school day but not having a close enough law enforcement resource to help. Some gun laws in the United States allow for a liscenced weapon to be on a person at all times, even in the school building. This means that districts can arm their teachers in the event that their school was to be attacked. They also presented the opposing viewpoint, that if a student who an armed teacher taught was shooting up the school, would they have the ability to shoot that child. It is very possible that having the gun on a teacher wouldn't actually help in that situation, because the teacher would probably hesitate in the event that the shooter was one of their students. I completely agree with this concern. As a future teacher, I can't imagine having to shoot a student, even if they were a danger to others. I hope to create bonds with my students, and if I have a close bond with a student who chooses to shoot up the school, I don't know how I would react toward that student. I am much more inclined to suggest that schools beef up security systems and place law enforcement closer to the schools than have actual teachers with guns. By having more intense security systems, the people of the town and potential intruders can see that there are numerous measures to make sure nothing dangerous happens in the school. By arming the teachers, they can become a scary figure rather than an approachable one to students, especially those that are younger. Even if the students have been around guns in their life before school, the school building shouldn't be a place for guns.

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NRA-funded study encourages guns in schools - Video on NBCNews.com

NRA-funded study encourages guns in schools - Video on NBCNews.com | Guns in Schools | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Every school should consider having someone inside with a gun, according to National School Shield Task Force director Asa Hutchinson. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.
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This NBC broadcast was about guns in schools and whether their presence is necessary or not. The consideration to have someone in the school with a gun should be on the local level, as in each school should create the plan that fits the best for them. The recommendation is to have an armed personnel at the school at all times to respond quickly before backup arrives, but this shouldn't necessarily be a teacher. It is important for the armed person to go through extensive training, something that wasn't discussed in some of the other articles about arming teachers. If a staff member is designated by administration to be the one who has the gun, then they can be the ones who recieve the training and need to be the only one responding if there is an issue. However, according to the video most parents and teachers don't want the guns in the schools because they want the school to be a safe learning environment where a student isn't being exposed to a gun every time they walk into their place of learning. I agree with this, because I think it would be unsettling for students, especially younger ones, to have to go to school and see a weapon. If they have been taught that those are dangerous and they hurt people, why should it be in a supposedly safe place. Students may begin to doubt the safety and comfort of schools, and eventually not want to be there at all. What I found most disturbing in the information presented in this video was that most schools lack a security plan. I think all schools should have an extensive security plan to ensure the safety of their students in any emergency or problem.

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Urban Prep junior arrested after gun and ammo found in his locker

Urban Prep junior arrested after gun and ammo found in his locker | Guns in Schools | Scoop.it
Darnell D. Hamilton has big plans for college, but getting to and from high school every day has been difficult, his family says. Since he was a freshman, gangs have been threatening him as he takes...
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This article is about Darnell Hamilton, who was a junior in high school when he was arrested for having a gun in school and unlawful use of weapon. His reasoning for having the gun was that he was being threatened after school, and wanted protection when he was coming home. Although he was arrested and charged, the school was still deciding what to do about Hamilton when the article was printed. Although what he did was technically illegal, the school realized that many of their students face "safety challenges" before and after school, and his explanation is extremely plausible. I found this article to be particularly interesting because I knew kids in my high school had guns with them in school because their route home wasn't safe after school. When children live in dangerous neighborhoods and they are unprotected when going home, they are vulnerable targets for people who want something from them. Although having a gun in school is a felony, Hamilton's excuse makes sense to me. As a friend to people who have been in danger after school, I understand the feeling of needing that form of protection in order to make it home. The fact that this is even a problem in our society is awful, but the fact that it means students go to jail is even worse. I think there needs to be a more extensive investigation into the problems students like Hamilton are facing so the real culprits are the ones who get in trouble, not students. Because he is going to jail, Hamilton will miss a significant piece of his education, meaning he will be behind and may not graduate in time. He was simply trying to protect himself, and he ends up being hurt in another way. This doesn't seem fair. 

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Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization composed of more than 43,000 college students, professors, college employees, parents of college students, and conc...
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The Students for Concealed Carry organization is a group of students, parents, and employees who believe that carrying a concealed gun for self-defense purposes on college campuses should be accepted into university policy. Their main goals as an organization are to dispel myths about concealed carry and guns in general and to push legislation to allow for the same rights on college campuses as they do in unsecure locations. Their argument is that college campuses aren't as secure of an environment as people would hope it would be, and therefore having a gun for self-defense purposes could be necessary if a person is threatened. They also include numerous articles and discussions on the issues with concealed carry and why it is an important right to be considered. While I do agree that students should be allowed to exercise their rights on a college campus just as much as they should be allowed anywhere else, it always makes me nervous to know that people around me may have a concealed weapon. I went to high school with many students who brought concealed weapons to school, and some used them during fights during the school day. To have that potential dangerous situation so close, it is understandable that the idea of concealed weapons would make me nervous. That's why I would want to learn more through this website to fully understand the justification behind a concealed weapon in schools. 

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