I Would Homeschool My Daughter If We Lived In The Texas Town Allowing Teachers To Carry Concealed Weapons

guns at schoolIn the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 young children and six school teachers and administrators, the entire country has gotten understandably concerned with school security. Plenty of parents are asking if armed guards can be placed at schools around the country. While I don’t think that’s the solution, I think it’s much more preferable to what’s going on in one small Texas town, where teachers are allowed to carry guns at school.

Harrold, Texas is a small town where the nearest sheriff’s office is 30 minutes away from school. They don’t have the budget for a full-time security guard, but they feel like allowing teachers to come to school armed is the best choice for them, even if a security guard was a possibility.

Superintendent David Thweatt explain:

“A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but our teachers have master’s degrees, are older and have had extensive training. And their guns are hidden. We can protect our children.”

As a parent, I think I would like to know just what type of “extensive training” these teachers have had. Are they all former law enforcement, who have learned how to bring a criminal down while doing minimal damage to bystanders? Even police officers have a hard time to doing that when there are large amounts of people who might be emotional and hysterical. You know, like you might find in a classroom being attacked by someone with a gun.

How well are these guns hidden, I have to wonder? Are there gun safes in every room, so that teachers can lock away their weapons where students can’t find them? Are teachers carrying their guns with them at all times?

Schools should be focused on educating our children. They also need to be able to keep them safe. But allowing guns in the classroom just means that schools need protocols to keep children safe from internal, as well as external threats. You’re creating a larger possibility for a tragic accident or a horrible crime to happen by allowing weapons in schools.

Right now, this small Texas town is the only one that has publicly confirmed it allows teachers to carry guns. Apparently, several states have laws specifying that school employees can arm themselves as long as the school gives written permission. Since Connecticut, more states have considered such laws and more schools have considered invoking this right.

As a parent, I would immediately pull my child from any school that permitted teachers to carry weapons. And it wouldn’t just be for safety concerns, though that would top my list of reasons. Any school system that believes more firepower in schools is a solution to violence demonstrates a questionable level of rational thinking that I don’t want my child learning.

News outlets are reporting that schools in Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota and Oregon are all thinking about following in Harrold, Texas’s lead. I guess that just means my daughter will never attend a school in Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, Oregon or Texas.

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  • B

    I live in Texas and I was disgusted when I heard our illustrious governor Rick Perry announce just a few days after Newtown that he thought all teachers should be armed. Disgusted, but not surprised. My dad is an administrator for a school district here and he is equally appalled by the idea. Hopefully it was just Perry spouting off yet again and nothing will actually come from his statement. Texas already has very lax gun laws and schools are just about the only place they generally aren’t allowed.

  • Justme

    I’m in Texas and I will let anyone and everyone know that I did NOT vote for governor Perry. I teach here and the day teachers are allowed to carry weapons to school is the day I start looking for another line of work.

  • LiteBrite

    Once again, no amount of “extensive training” will ever prepare someone for what happened in Newtown, Aurora, Columbine, or any other horrible mass shooting. As I asked a friend of mine who suggested teachers should be armed, “Do you really want some scared teacher returning fire over the heads of terrified kindergartners?”

    And yes, if it ever comes down to arming teachers here, I’ll be the first to pull my kid out and homeschool him.

    • Edward

      “Do you really want some scared teacher returning fire over the heads of terrified kindergartners?”

      As opposed to the teacher being one more person cowering in fear, or as some teachers in CT did, giving their lives in a futile (though admirable) effort in trying to save the lives of their students?
      My wife & I want to homeschool, but I would actually consider a school that allowed the teacher to carry. Not that I wouldn’t want to examine, as mentioned previously here, the training/record of such teachers….
      Most of these shooting are happening in places that are “gun free”, so how does it make sense to try and keep them that way??

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

    and as a parent, this doesn’t bother me.

    I don’t care for Perry (never have voted for Gov. Goodhair) but I don’t see a problem having trained, qualified teachers carrying. Or for that matter, guards/police. We had them in the podunk town I grew up in.

  • ti

    What if it is a teacher that snaps?

    • Diana

      Just a matter of time. No rule that teachers are always sane.

  • Vikky

    Crazy train logic is why no one actually voted for Governor Goodhair (Perry to the rest of ya’ll.) Fun fact: the Texas governors are elected by a simple majority. There were 4 candidates in the 2006 gubernatorial election: Perry “won” when 39% of those who voted choose him.

  • scooby23

    Giving a teacher a gun for school is basically like saying this:
    We are positive and certain that you don’t have an undetected mental illness that could trigger you to open fire on the students. Or that someday, there will be a last straw with that one student that drives you SO CRAZY that you, a stable person, could make the mistake of taking out the gun. We are sure that you have no anger management issues. We’re sure that one day, you’ll be so tired that you will leave the lock for the gun behind, and that a student WON’T find the lock and get the gun and WON’T open fire on some bullies. We’re P-O-S-I-T-I-V-E that in the event of a shooter, you’ll be the superhero from the movies that guns down the intruder after some witty line, and that you won’t pass out or vomit in fear, or that you’ll forget all your gun training when the intruder comes in and hit a student, or a fellow teacher, or the wall instead or the intruder. Or that you’ll forget where the gun is, or go into shock and bolt out the door, or get shot yourself before you can even THINK to pull the trigger. We are also sure that you WON’T be the massacre shooter of that event. What we are sure is that you’re some superhuman who NEVER makes mistakes and NEVER has bad days and NEVER forgets about things, because somehow, ALL teachers are like that. Somehow.