Don’t require teachers to become armed guards
The many discussions and opinions about arming teachers make me recall why I became a teacher 50 years ago. I wanted to work with children, helping them to become educated and contributing citizens. I did my best to keep them safe when we were together. Fire drills, wiping up spills, safe use of scissors and refraining from pushing were just a few ways safety was emphasized.
How things have changed! I do not know a teacher who would not put himself/herself between a child and a shooter, but it should never have to happen. District personnel have the responsibility to develop schools that ensure student safety. Locked doors, metal detectors and school resource officers are just a few things districts can do to keep students safe. They are called “teachers” because that is what they do. Provide them with the environment needed to do that.