While other school districts are demanding teachers get more certifications on math and science, the Harrold Independent School District wants teachers trained to lock and load weapons at school. School officials have announced that teachers will be trained and armed in the future to protect the students and themselves from a possible attack on the school.
David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold Independent School District says that part of the problem with school violence is the lack of guns: “When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘sic ’em’ to a dog.” This is the superintendent of the school district. The Thweatt is real.
Sure, there has been no violence of the kind in the school’s history, but Thweatt notes that they are near a highway and so anyone could just pull over from out of town and start mowing down children.
Thweatt notes that “The naysayers think [a shooting] won’t happen here. If something were to happen here, I’d much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them.”
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22 thoughts on “Reading, Writing, and Re-Loading: School District To Train and Arm Teachers”
I’ve never heard of the handguns-against-rodents argument. Do they shoot back? Anyway, I think we could agree that a sturdy Daisy air-rifle could do the trick on even the biggest of rats. Me I have a technique wherein if I kill a pest, say a large cockroach, I leave the body there for a month, as a warning to the others …
Well the topic of gun laws is a tricky one. I’ve argued many times against people foolishly insisting on carrying a handgun in public places (like a school, or amusement park). However there are other reasons for needing a handgun then self defense. For instance many large warehouses have pistols with shells (similar to those for a shotgun) for controlling larger pests (birds, rodents, etc.). These are do a lot less damage to equipment and when used carefully there’s practically zero possibility of accidental injury to others (the shots don’t have the momentum of bullets, and so don’t travel as far or penetrate walls). There’s got to be a better answer then “No guns” or “All guns.”
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