What if I told you that I was waiting for Santa to bring me a purple leprechaun on a unicorn tomorrow? You’d probably want to check my temp and ask if I have been taking strange substances. What if I told you that the news, talking head and every other meme on Face Book was talking about it. You’d still probably tell me that it’s not going to happen. What if I told you there’s a seminar on unicorn upkeep that I was going to take right after I got back from K&G buying my new leprechaun a new suit. You’d still think I was taking to many exogenous ketones.
Well, why are you going crazy about the proposition of teachers being required/asked/offered to carry guns in school? Your good common sense is telling you that this is a shell game. Day after day I hear and read more and more people talking about “are you ready to start packing in school?” Man, shut up with that, it’s not going to happen. It’s not even a remote chance that it will happen. Nope. Nada. No.
But, Jason the President said.. .
Yes, he did talk about and I’m sorry that he took a key moment to speak on the real issues in schools to talk about a shiny new leprechaun, but hey. This is a game and we’re all falling into it. We’re being driven to a discussion and you see it everywhere. This is a head fake and we’re all jumping.
I have been in awe of the well meaning memes that have been posted making fun of all the work that teachers do and to now have to worry about possibly carrying. So now you know that teachers are over worked, stressed out and under paid? Just now you know this? Really? So again I ask you to consider why would you honestly think that teachers would be expected to carry? Are you going to protest that teachers get some of the weight off their shoulders when this latest news is over?
So, Jason you’re not for it? That means…
Nope, don’t hear what I didn’t say. I am saying that this insane idea of arming teachers is only being used to further divide teachers/students/parents/Central Office/politicians. We all need each other to address this tragedy and hopefully stem future horrors. We need each other in schools to help with the situations that brought this about. No sane person wants to see these events happen. All rational people want our kids safe and desire to see others kids safe. However, rather than work on solutions we’re all chasing a rainbow while wishing on a star.
How about this as a proposition, rather than encouraging students to walk out of schools how about you walk into school along with 50 of your friends, get the background check, and sit in class with your student? How about you show your kids that you’re as concerned about their safety and their education. In the midst of eating lunch with your kids you might meet a child who’s feeling all alone in this world and maybe your presence would help them see that people do care about them.
Feel free to add more solutions that don’t require a conceal carry permit.
What about this… join your school board and go over school safety procedures for all schools. Or maybe get your church to support a local school and provide walk abouts through the building just to help and add adult presence in the building. How about having a PTA drive to get parents to volunteer in the classrooms each week?
What about central office agreeing to offer some kind of credit for college students in the area to come in and work with students one on one? Who could better help a struggling junior with his/her college choice than a student who had to make that decision just a few years ago? Maybe that student they help would see that someone is concerned about them.
There is a lot of pressure on schools. The added pressure of carry laws, and student protests only adds to a very stressful situation.
There are glaring hypocrisies in our culture that need to be addressed. There are some serious social ills that are only momentarily eclipsed by these horrible events. These horrible events only shine the light more on those looming truths. Yet the real fabric of our society is unraveling at an alarming speed. The more I hear well meaning people hypothesis how to fix schools the less I believe they really want to help. Rather than waiting on Santa to bring us a purple leprechaun on a unicorn, let’s tackle the real problems in our schools.