In Response to Parkland, Schools Across The Country Move to Arm Teachers
After so many school shootings, it was the disaster of Parkland which spurred many schools nationwide to make effective change. Because according to an exclusive report from Vice, since last February, schools across the country have been adopting policies to arm their teachers. Some of the schools have done so quietly, for reasons which make all the sense in the world when people freak out over tweets from eight years ago.
At least 215 school districts across the U.S. have adopted such policies since last February, a VICE News review of state and local policies has found. Nationwide, at least 466 districts now allow school staff to be armed, encompassing hundreds of thousands of students of all ages.
Since last February, five states adopted guns-in-schools programs for the first time, bringing the total number of states with programs to arm teachers to 19, compared to 14 a year ago.
That's a big jump after one school shooting.
Colorado more than quadrupled the number of school districts that arm teachers or staff — from seven to 30 — in the past ten months, according to FASTER Colorado, a private company that works with schools to provide firearms training to teachers and staff.
So despite what leftists in both media and government say, when it comes down to protecting students from mass shooters, teachers, parents and school districts reach for guns. Not hashtags.
This comes as no surprise when one examines how much of a complete and total crapshow the Parkland shooting was. Government failed those students every step of the way. There were multiple warning signs the shooter was a nut. There were multiple calls to law enforcement about the shooter being an unhinged nut. There was even a call into the FBI about the shooter being a POTENTIAL SHOOTER. What did the government do? NOTHING. But it got worse. The school officer, disgraced Scot Peterson, didn't even engage the shooter, he hid for his own safety. He told other officers not to engage. Followed by Sherrif Scott Israel blaming the NRA and America's love of guns. It really is such a shame that guy got the boot.
But wait, it's worse. Because Florida ruled it's not the responsibility of state law enforcement to protect public school (mandated by the state) children because those children are not in state custody. Had the shooter shot up a prison and killed prisoners, the onus to protect the prisoners would've fallen on the police. But little Skyler and Braden? Nope! Not the police's responsibility.
Naturally, teachers, parents and school districts don't want to be sitting ducks for some whackjob, who they've probably warned police and authorities about, to bring an illegally acquired gun to school for target practice. So they're arming themselves.
Step in the right direction, no?