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Why Making Teachers Carry Guns is a Horrible Idea

Buster Scruggs in a white shirt with a white hat, pointing a gun at the camera, with a nuke sign added.
The spaghetti western “good guy with a gun” mythos is not applicable to our schools. Image from Netflix’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, posted by https://blog.frame.io/2019/02/11/editing-buster-scruggs/. Nuke sign added by author.

Teachers are already juggling too many jobs and responsibilities.

Teachers juggle dozens of jobs every day. How well could we also juggle a loaded gun? Image from https://www.dreamstime.com/schoolgirl-looking-mime-juggling-unicycle-full-length-shot-schoolgirl-looking-mime-juggling-unicycle-image165166011
Twitter thread from https://twitter.com/TeacherTired4/status/1530370900691980288
Teachers’ posts on why we already have plenty to keep track of before anyone ads a gun. Twitter thread from https://twitter.com/TeacherTired4/status/1530370900691980288

Teachers’ Concerns

X-ray of the author’s dislocated big toe.
My dislocated big toe in 2018, after I dropped a laptop on my toe while handing laptops out to students.

Funding

Training

From Twitter: https://twitter.com/JayWamsted/status/1530772132174647296
https://twitter.com/JayWamsted/status/1530772132174647296

Pay

Twitter post from https://twitter.com/hashtag/teachertired?src=hashtag_click
https://twitter.com/hashtag/teachertired?src=hashtag_click

Student Safety

Teachers’ working conditions do not lend themselves to keeping a gun secure

A student looks annoyed that a teachers’ butt is in her face as he leans over to help another student.
If this teacher were carrying a gun, how easy would it be for this student to grab it? Image from Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/298433912781074548/
Female teacher sitting on the rug with students who are sitting in a circle
I once had to ask an elementary school student to stop playing with my toes, but I’m sure none of them would ever reach over and grab a teacher’s gun. Image from Chalkbeat Colorado https://co.chalkbeat.org/2021/12/20/22846698/social-emotional-learning-pandemic-denver-public-schools-trevista-elementary
Group hug! With a gun in the middle? Image from https://news.southernct.edu/2019/10/03/owl-wins-25000-as-a-top-teacher/

Would children be more likely to get shot?

What happens when the teacher has a gun? This image from Shutterstock is more posed and tame than most actual fight situations. https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/teacher-stopping-two-boys-fighting-playground-476238721

Guns will be likely to increase students’ trauma

Guns will make already-marginalized populations feel LESS safe at school

Arming Teachers is a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

Active Shooter Situations

Active shooter drill at a school where men with guns role play clearing an area while students lie on the floor, pretending to be dead or injured.
Students in Portland, Maine role-playing being dead or injured during an active shooter drill. Image from https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/29/teachers-call-for-ban-on-shooter-drills-in-us-schools
Twitter thread from https://twitter.com/RepJasonCrow/status/1530535359754428418
https://twitter.com/RepJasonCrow/status/1530535359754428418

Conclusion

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Suzie Null is a former middle and high school teacher and current professor of Teacher Education. Follow her on Twitter at WritingontheWall @NullSet16