I am a teacher in a very nice/expensive private school. My biggest class this year is 13 students. While I can't carry in the buildings, I typically leave my firearm in the trunk of my car -- perfectly legal under current Texas law.
This summer I was teaching overseas at a "student abroad" program. My roommate/co-worker teaches in a rough school in California. She typically has classes of 35-40 students. She has busted students, during class, for selling drugs. Several of her students have been beat beyond recognition. She constantly told me about how she had to earn their respect, and now her students "have her back in case something happens".
Needless to say, that is a far cry from my school, and I admire her for her patience and willingness to work in such an environment. In any case, we were having a conversation this summer, and I told her: "Last year was crazy! I had to suspend FIVE students for plagiarism." He answer to that: "We had two murders on campus last year."
Holy moly. If that isn't reason enough to allow school carry, I don't know what is. Our kids are good, and while I don't envisage a Columbine-type disaster, I know it is a real possibility. I think it is only unfortuante that should the day ever come (knock on wood), I would have to find an opportune moment to leave my class (and worse: my students!), run to my vehicle, open the trunk, open the lockbox, and return to the building to defend my students.
I am not a hero, but I think it would be my moral obligation to protect my students. Their parents trust me daily with their intellectual, emotional, and physical well-being. If a predatious individual is going to attack them, I feel morally obligated to defend them to the fullest of my abilities. Am I wrong in my thinking?
We need the restriction on school carry removed.
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