Arming Teachers Is Not The Answer
Lately, there has been a lot of uproar about the school shootings that have taken place across the United States. After the last school shooting in Parkland, Florida, some politicians have suggested the idea about passing a law to allow teachers to carry firearms in school. Although this idea may be interesting to some lawmakers, students of Hanover Area Jr./Sr. High School would disagree with this possible proposal. After polling many students, their voice strongly dictates that they are not in favor of teachers carrying firearms during the school day. Seniors Jon O’Connor and Corey Martin both agree that many things could definitely go terribly wrong with teachers having guns in the classroom. Besides teachers being human and maybe using a firearm inappropriately, a firearm in the classroom would be available for students to possibly obtain from a teacher. “I don’t agree with the idea of teachers having guns,” admitted senior Duncan Harding. “Let’s just say - students in a class can get a little crazy and plan to take the gun off of a teacher who might be carrying one.” Many students are mentally weighing the options between teachers carrying firearms and improving school safety. “I think there should be funding from the government for better security for our school,” confessed junior Lily Wright. “We don’t need all the police officers or metal detectors; school security is more important.” Some students disagreed with having firearms in the school, but not specifically on the teacher. “I believe that there should be a designated area to put the guns,” shared junior Taylor Gavlick. “So, instead of the teachers being able to conceal and carry guns in school, they should be able to go to a place where the teacher can easily access one.” There are other psychological considerations directed toward teachers that worry students about this proposal. “What if there’s a school shooter who encounters an armed teacher, and the teacher knows the student well?” questioned senior Haley Rios. “Would the teacher potentially hesitate to kill the shooter? - I think yes.” “Teachers carrying guns would just put more stress and pressure on them,” continued Rios. “Also, teachers are going to be just as scared as the students will be in an active shooting situation, so they might not think clearly as they try to stop a potential shooter.” Hanover Area’s upperclassmen as well as student bodies across America have agreeable reasons why teachers should not carry firearms in school. To sum up Hanover Area’s reasons, the students feel uncomfortable, lack trust (from teachers and ill-minded students), and imagine stressful scenarios from the idea of teachers possibly carrying firearms in school. Let’s all hope the future will bring peace to all schools in America, and teachers will continue to worry about academics instead of worrying about possibly using a weapon in school. Empres Prather is a senior at Hanover Area High School. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year.