Arming teachers leaves room for many risks

Lauri Hoedl, Opinion Editor

After the Parkland shooting, President Donald Trump and others have suggested that arming teachers with guns could be a possible solution. Not only is this suggestion unrealistic, but it is also extremely dangerous with many flaws.

By arming teachers, the real issue is being completely ignored.

It is taking the focus off the root of the problem; that mentally unstable 19-year-olds are able to get their hands on AR-15’s and get them into a school in the first place.

Schools are supposed to be a safe space, and giving guns to teachers will not make it feel like one.

The first issue is that many teachers are not qualified to have a gun in their classroom.

Even if they have previously owned guns, suggesting that in the midst of chaos they will be able to correctly aim and shoot the suspect is unrealistic.

Secondly, having guns in the hands of teachers will make it even more confusing for law enforcement and others trying to stop the shooter.

The shooter can no longer be identified by being the sole person with a gun.

This could create more confusion and make innocent teachers holding a gun become an accidental target.

Another issue that arises is the fear of putting a gun in the hand of a mentally unstable teacher.

Earlier this year, Randal Davidson, a teacher at Dalton High School in Georgia, had been a favorite of many students, yet one day Davidson brought a firearm onto the school campus, barricaded himself into his room and fired off his gun.

Putting a gun in the hands of a teacher also poses risks of students finding their gun and taking it. This fear is also accompanied with the fear that an unstable teacher will use the gun on a student.

In CNN article, by Athena Jones and Carolyn Sung, Kristen Clarke, the president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, said “Teachers and staff with guns are likely to take the lives of innocent and unarmed minority students — a crisis that we already see play out at the hands of police officers on our nation’s streets.” As Clarke said, the concern of guns in the hands of teachers disproportionately affecting students of color is a legitimate fear.

Lastly, teachers should not be expected to have a gun. The majority of school shooters are previous students.

Expecting teachers to look at a past student and end his life is not an expectation that should be had.

Instead of arming teachers with guns, many teachers are calling out to be armed with other resources.

Some of the things they are asking for are resources to educate their students on mental health, smaller class sizes, time to build relationships with their students and other things that do not put the safety of the students at risk.