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Classrooms are no longer SAFE

In light of recent events in South Carolina, New Jersey and even here in Georgia, it's very clear that our classrooms and schools aren't safe anymore. According to Every Town Research, "Since 2013, there have been 153 school shootings in America, an average of nearly one a week." SMH

It's not safe to be a teacher OR a student anymore. The danger isn't even limited to elementary, middle or high schools. Colleges/Universities get it too. Public or Private, it doesn't matter. 

How can we protect ourselves? Should we arm teachers? School districts in Missouri, Colorado and other states are taking measures to protect teachers. According to this article in the Huffington Post - Missouri Teachers Conceal Weapons, "For a $17,500 fee....teachers are required to spend five hours in a classroom and 35 hours on the range with the required firearm, a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol." 

School handbooks, policies and guidelines aren't being followed consistently. Should we staff all of our K-12 schools with more resource officers. With this image of Spring Valley High School dominating the media, what district would rally around this?



Teacher preparation programs in our colleges/universities don't prepare us for ANY OF THIS!! This is crazy!! You have countless videos out there illustrating violence in our schools, Instagram pages DEDICATED to showcasing student-student or student-staff violence. GroupMe chats where students plot and scheme to abuse teachers, cause disruptions, schedule fights, devise food fights, plan bomb threats, etc....There is no way to prepare someone for these events. We CLEARLY don't get paid enough for this. States are strategically finding ways to cut costs in education, and thousands of teachers haven't seen a raise in years.

Our students, our teachers, our schools, and our classroom aren't safe anymore. It's above my pay grade and above the scope of this blog to figure out how we can make our schools safer, because situations like these are no longer acceptable.



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