Armed Teachers: Superheroes of the Future?

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In 1999, two considered outcasts, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, walked into Columbine High School in Colorado, opened fire and murdered twelve students, one teacher, while injuring twenty-four additional students before turning the gun on themselves. In 2007, Seung-Hui Choo, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed thirty-two people and injured seventeen others, before turning the gun on himself. It was the deadliest mass shooting at a school in United States history. In 2012, Adam Lanza, shot and killed his mother then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, before opening fire and killing twenty children and six adult staff members before turning the gun on himself. This was the second deadliest mass shooting in United States history. These three separate shootings, all took place in what is suppose to be a safe learning environment, but all ended with many casualties. It has heightened our concern and raises the question on the measures that can be taken to safely protect our students and staff in our school systems: Should our teachers and administrators be armed? Arming teachers and administrators in public and private schools does not send the appropriate message towards students and parents and could offer more risk than reward to teachers. In addition, teachers and administrators are taught to provide the students with educational purpose while maintaining order and discipline in a comfortable, safe and friendly learning atmosphere. Therefore,

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