The past few days have passed and I’ve been lost at what to say. While not teaching now, being a teacher has affected me in many ways. I’ve been thinking back to my first classroom and what I would have done if it had been my school that was targeted. I have no idea. There wasn’t a real closet, at least not one that would have fit an eighth grader! There were no desks, just 3 old rickety tables that could hardly hold the weight of the textbooks, never mind be able to be used as a barricade. I hate that I have been thinking about it, but if I ever end up back in the classroom it will be the first thing I instinctively think about now, not how I’m going to do my bulletin boards or arrange my desks. Sad. So sad.
There have been so many stories posted; pro-gun, anti-gun, more mental health awareness, not to mention sickening tweets using racial slurs against the President because football was pre-empted by his speech at Newtown. And where does this leave us?
I don’t know. I don’t have the answers. I’m not sure anyone does.
I’ve just got home from work and read that the NRA wants to have armed security guards in schools. WTF?!
As a teacher, having armed guards in schools scares the shit out of me. Teachers are not paid what they are worth, many schools go without books/supplies/repairs because of lack of funds. Where is the money going to come from for such a proposition? I would NOT feel safer in school if there was an armed guard. An unarmed security guard to check incoming and outgoing teachers/parents/volunteers, I could handle. Guns DO NOT have a place in schools. End of.
There has to be a better way to keep our children, teachers, heck EVERYONE safe. Putting armed guards in schools is not one of them.