Online Opinion

26th April 2013 at 01:00

Armed teachers allowed in South Dakota

A law has been enacted in the US state that allows school district officials to arm teachers and other school staff.

- The enactment of this state law in South Dakota is based upon the argument that "It will prevent mass school shootings like the December massacre in Connecticut that killed 26". Who are they kidding? How will this prevent shootings? This is utterly bonkers.


- Just be thankful they are not arming the children. (Have I spoken too soon?)


- It's ridiculous. Expect a headline in the near future along the lines of: "Crazed sharpshooter teacher turns on school." Guns don't kill people, people kill people, especially if they have a gun.

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- I can think of at least one teacher in every school I've ever worked in who was far too mercurial to have a gun in class.


- It would make the senior management team's observations of your lessons a bit more edgy: "What do you mean notice to improve? (Narrows eyes, brushes back poncho) You feeling lucky, punk?"


- Even taking into account Americans' penchant for weapons and the enveloping gun culture there, this is just such a dangerous development that I wonder if any thought has been given to the psychological impact on students?


- Most, if not all, children would have seen and been around weapons. They will not be fazed by this.


- Conjures up images of snipers on school roofs.


- Should all British teachers be armed with a knife?


- The proliferation of any weapon is a bad thing.



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