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Our county is the first in the state of Va. to arm teachers in classrooms.
Didn't figure it would pass but it was 5-0 vote.


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Great

Glad to hear there are still some people involved in education that have some sense. That's catching on in a couple of the more remote counties in NE Colorado, I'm told.
 

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Armed teachers

I'm all for having willing, competent teachers armed. That said, here's what I was told about one of those CO school districts who were going to do it. They had a group come in to do the training. Don't recall where they were from but they held a meeting and invited any staff member who had any interest in participating or just wanted info. The first question the trainer asked was along the lines of "do you think you could shoot a young person who you have known or taught for several years, if necessary?". He told them if they had doubts about whether or not they could do that, they shouldn't be in the program.

Those armed teachers need to be the real deal!
 

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I'm all for having willing, competent teachers armed. That said, here's what I was told about one of those CO school districts who were going to do it. They had a group come in to do the training. Don't recall where they were from but they held a meeting and invited any staff member who had any interest in participating or just wanted info. The first question the trainer asked was along the lines of "do you think you could shoot a young person who you have known or taught for several years, if necessary?". He told them if they had doubts about whether or not they could do that, they shouldn't be in the program.

Those armed teachers need to be the real deal!
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While I think this is a good step, that's all it is, one step. If this school district thinks this one act is going to provide full protection, they're sadly mistaken. I think anyone who truly understands security is going to tell you it takes a layered approach. Also, there's a lot of thinking and training needed. If an armed teacher has 25-30 kids in a classroom and shots ring out, does that teacher lock the door and prepare to defend those inside, or does she/he "run to the guns"? If she leaves the room to take on the gunman and then her charges get shot, she'll be blamed, right? Lots to consider.
 

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WOW...Mike, lots of what if's could happen.
What if rocket man sends a nuke over and hits the school ???
A few teachers with guns wouldn't help much...Or if a B-52 drops
a full load on it...but what if it stops 1 nutcase from killing 1 kid ?
Not all teachers should carry, but at least the board is giving them a
chance to carry. I think all schools should do it and not have to get a
board to pass it. They will get training and only those that pass
will carry. I'm proud that our little county in the sticks had the balls to be
the first.


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Right on

Right on, Donnie. There are always lots of "what ifs" and we cannot know exactly how any situation is going to play out. But, you prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Carpman is right that there will be "second guessers" but the parents of kids whose lives were saved by the actions of an armed, trained school staff member will not be among them. Let's pray that knowing there is armed resistance will be a deterrent and nobody ever has to make the decision as to which kids to protect.

I guarantee that having no plan is the worst possible alternative. Good on Lee County for having a proactive plan.
 

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I agree Doug. I learned that all the students and staff in the recent Noblesville West Middle School shooting had been given ALICE Training for active shooter situations. When the announcement was made over the school PA system, and everybody knew what to do and how to proceed. Sounds like that training for students and staff should be done elsewhere also.

https://www.alicetraining.com/
 
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