I AM a math teacher at Brockton High School, the site of a school shooting earlier this month.
Current school security procedures lock down school populations in the
event of armed assault. Some advocate abandoning this practice as it
holds everyone in place, allowing a shooter easily to find victims.
An alternative to lockdown is immediate exodus via announcement.
Although this removes potential hostages and makes it nearly impossible
for the shooter to acquire preselected targets, it unfairly rewards
resourceful children who move to safety off-site more shrewdly and
efficiently than others.
Schools should level playing fields, not intrinsically reward those more resourceful. A level barrel is fair to all fish.
Some propose overturning laws that made schools gun-free zones even for
teachers who may be licensed to securely carry concealed firearms
elsewhere. They argue that barring licensed-carry only ensures a
defenseless, target-rich environment.
But as a progressive, I would sooner lay my child to rest than succumb
to the belief that the use of a gun for self-defense is somehow not in
itself a gun crime.