Thursday, October 05, 2006

Teachers Lock and Load to Preempt School Violence

Republican state lawmaker Frank Lasee suggests arming teachers to deter school violence:

A state lawmaker, worried about a recent string of deadly school shootings, suggested arming teachers, principals and other school personnel as a safety measure and a deterrent.


"To make our schools safe for our students to learn, all options should be on the table," [Lasee] said. "Israel and Thailand have well-trained teachers carrying weapons and keeping their children safe from harm. It can work in Wisconsin."


Lasee said he planned to introduce legislation that would allow school personnel to carry concealed weapons. He stressed that it would hinge on school staff members getting strict training on the use of the weapons, and he acknowledged he would have to work around a federal law that bans guns on school grounds.

Since guns, of course, solve the problem of the public school system's failure to provide for students. How about we arm our teachers with better resource management and funding so school and student needs can be actually addressed?

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