Texas Teachers Take Handgun Training
While in Austin two weeks ago, Education Week sent me on a rather interesting assignment: teachers training for their Concealed Handgun License in Clifton, Texas.
It’s hard for me to fathom any of my teachers carrying a concealed handgun in the classroom when I was in school. I suppose we live in a time when this is becoming a reality. The idea that gun violence has reached a high enough level in our society that school officials are seriously considering arming teachers and staff as a measure of security is quite frankly a sad sentiment. Would it work? Would the obvious dangers of having loaded handguns in classrooms day after day pay off? Kids are smart like foxes, we have to remember. After the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut following a growing string of school shootings in the past two decades in America, school district officials are forced to take a hard look at this question.
And while the district in Clifton, Texas has not yet adopted a measure to arm teachers, the fact that 78 of their teachers and staff took the Concealed Handgun Training less than two weeks ago speaks volumes to how the district is considering the option. And they certainly are not alone. Trainer Johnny Price, owner of Big Iron in Waco, Texas, said his schedule has filled with training sessions for school districts around the state after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Education Week writer Nirvi Shah’s balanced and well-written piece, ‘Armed Educators in Some Schools, Debated in Others’ is well worth the read.
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