CHICAGO – Growing Up In Lockport, Illinois, I always remember the beginning of hurricane season. In elementary school, next to the run-of-the-mill fire-drill, we’ll duck-and-cover the outskirts of the hallway to prepare for sirens indicating an imminent possible natural disaster.
I am now a high school teacher-librarian in Englewood on the South Side of Chicago, one of the most violent and debilitating areas in our city. My students walk through metal detectors as security guards park them at the door.
My students have done both tornadoes and fire-drills, but over the years, we have added district-mandated lockdown-drills in preparation for school shootings. I need to close and close my doors, turn off the lights, and bring students to my library on the floor and against an interior wall. Each time, I think about what I will do in the event of an actual school shooting, but will soon realize that none of my scenarios to protect myself or my students with an exaggerated rifle. Will not cope with angry teenager. We are more prepared and have a better chance of surviving the storm than a lone gunman with a well-crafted plan.
And no, President Trump, having a gun won’t make me feel any safer – just the opposite.
Last week, 17 people were killed in a shootout at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which has again led to gun control and mental illness issues nationally. One solution to make the rounds is teachers, an action President Donald Trump advocated As he spoke to students and parents from school and elsewhere on Wednesday. “If you had a teacher who was adept with firearms, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said, suggesting 1 in 5 teachers. Maybe they could; Or maybe they can worsen the already frightening situation, or even create one.
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All this solution will be a response to gun violence with the added possibility of dangerous unintended consequences with more gun violence.
It is true that some rural counties, citing long waits for emergency services, allow teachers and staff members to carry guns in their schools. But these teachers can get that much less 8 hours They are allowed to put themselves in the classroom before training, including “mindset development”, which aims to prepare a teacher to prepare one of their students. One teacher told the BBC, “Teachers are not really favorites but you know, you have those who are close to you.” “But if that student makes a poor decision to endanger everyone, then I have to do something about it.”
This limited experience is intended to prepare teachers to make split-second, professional decisions in a chaotic situation? Is he a shooter at the door or a student seeking shelter or a policeman coming to the rescue?
I teach in a school with over 70 teachers. Do I want to bring more than a dozen guns to my school with more than a dozen different operators working with them? Should we locate more than a dozen places to store them safely on a daily basis? Or will these teachers carry their weapons during their stressful days? Imagine that students and adults would on a daily basis have a teacher’s hand accidentally removed.
Teachers should engage in a battle of common-sense gun laws by contacting our legislators, marching with our students in upcoming protests and thinking in areas in our curriculum where they teach students, rather than dominate themselves We can see that real change can happen in our country too. On issues that are infallible like a gun.
As parkland survived David Hogg, a senior, said“We need to do something. We need to get out of there and be politically active. Congress needs to work with each other to end its political bias and save the lives of children. . ” “We’re kids, you guys are adults,” he told CNN.
As adults and teachers, we must teach about moments of American social change that occurred not too long ago. When our workers stand up in large numbers, our laws are different. Peaceful protests have led to voting rights for minorities and women, and marriage rights for LGBTQ citizens.
Outside of our laws and policies, students need to know how the combination of science, medicine, and advocacy took big tobacco, which at one time was a big catch for our lawmakers as the National Rifle Association would still do today is. Imagine if we could make gun violence turbulent and ugly as PSA showing raucous images of humans who have been shown suffering from cancer and emphysema.
I have taught many students in Chicago affected by gun violence, and it has influenced my life. I stood on the throne of a young African-American male, who had been accepted into college during his senior year before gunning down in the middle of the road. I taught a bright, thoughtful African-American woman in my home as bullets separated her spine, paralyzing her neck from below. I hug the students as they swoop down on fallen siblings and pass bullet-ridden windows on the way to my classroom at my first school. Giving me a gun will not solve those problems.
Instead, we need to teach non-violence to our teachers. Our students learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement, but the results of his speeches and civil rights often follow his principles of non-violence. “Man … now has reached the day when violence towards another human in 1963 must have been as disgusting as eating each other’s flesh,” he wrote, “non-violence can become the answer to the most need of all humanity . ”
We are at a point, right now there is a school routine with lock-down, where there is non-violence Of course The answer, not the invitation to more guns and violence that they bring with them.