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Schools Pick and Choose What They Implement

December 22, 2013





Another tragic death from a needless school shooting. And what is the response? Further security protocols. The call to arm teachers.

Why is it that countries always borrow from other countries when it comes to mimicking academic achievement, but not when it comes to other crucial aspects of school life? I hear a lot about implementing the Finish model of education to try and garner similar results. But what about copying from a country that has had very few violent related school incidents?

Take Australia for instance. Since Australia implemented its strict gun laws which involved a tax payer funded gun buy-back scheme, we have seen no gun violence in our schools that I am aware of.

Of course change is much harder for the US because of gun rights in its constitution.

But how many school deaths do we tolerate before we make a change that is crying out to be made. They say guns don’t kill people, people do.

Tell that baloney to the poor parents of a gun victim!


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First Prize for a Primary School Raffle: A Rifle

September 1, 2013

What the?

A North Carolina elementary school has come under fire for choosing to raffle off a rifle at an upcoming school fundraiser.

Lucama Elementary School in Wilson County will hold the fundraiser at an event called Fun Fest, according to local outlet The Wilson Times. The Delta Waterfowl Foundation, a nonprofit that aims “[t]o secure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting,” donated the gun. The district’s superintendent approved the gun as an item for auction on the condition that it would never be on campus, reports the outlet.

“The gun will never see Lucama Elementary,” said Ryan Beamon, chairman of a regional chapter of Delta Waterfowl, according to The Wilson Times. “It will never be within 10 miles of the school.”

Students will not be permitted to purchase or distribute tickets for the raffle, reports local outlet WRAL-TV. Nevertheless, some parents question the district’s decision to raffle the gun.

“With everything that’s been going on, it does seem a little inappropriate,” parent Tim Langley told news station WTVD-TV.

It’s a gun. A gun is a gun,” parent Sonya Bullock said to the outlet. “If I would have known, I wouldn’t be selling tickets for my girls.”

Others think the controversial raffle item is a good idea.

“With it being an elementary school and the gun is not going to be on campus, from what I understand, I don’t really have a problem with it,” parent Karen Williams told WRAL.

Chris Williams, regional director of Delta Waterfowl, told WRAL the auction item is fitting for the community.

“We’re in a farming community. We’re a hunting community. It’s the culture,” said Williams. “I’ve had the question asked to me, ‘Well, why aren’t you giving a TV or iPad away?’ That isn’t the means that we have.”

Despite the debate, the district has no plans of changing the raffle.

“We understand it’s an unusual prize. We’ve got some concerned parents but there are also parents who are in support of it. It’s important to remember this is a community that clearly understands the distinction between responsible gun ownership and gun violence,” district spokesperson Amber Whitley told WTVD.

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High School Fitted with a Shooting Range

August 11, 2013



A terribly irresponsible idea indeed:

When North Atlanta High School in Georgia opened its doors on Wednesday, students were greeted by a number of unusual features: a 900-car parking deck, a broadcast and video center, and an indoor shooting range.

The high school recently switched locations at a cost of $147 million, making it the most expensive public high school ever built in Georgia, according to The New York Times. While the 11-story school offers state-of-the-art facilities, the specific decision to put in the shooting range, which will be used by the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and the rifle team, has elicited media attention and some parental concern.

“I’ll probably question it a little bit just to get a better idea,” said parent Donna Jones, according to local outlet WSB-TV. “Like I said, I didn’t understand why they’re going to be doing that, but I think they’re going to be very careful in protecting the students.”

Others are confident that the shooting range will be safe. “I can see why they would be concerned, but I know they go through lots of training and they’re heavily supervised,” high school senior Turner Hume told WSB-TV.


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School Gun Lessons a Disaster!

March 1, 2013

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I told you it was a terrible idea, but I wasn’t aware of just how bad it would be:

An employee at a Texas public school was accidentally shot on Wednesday during a district-sponsored handgun safety class, KLTV reports.

According to KLTV, Glenn Geddie was a maintenance worker for the Van Independent School District. The school district voted last month to arm some teachers and other employees in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

District Superintendent Don Dunn confirmed that the incident occurred. Here’s his full statement, courtesy of KLTV:

At the conclusion of the CHL training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon. With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment. The injury is not life threatening or disabling. Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement.

A school board member told The Tyler Morning Telegraph that the shooting would not affect their decision to arm employees on campus.

Many schools have begun to arm teachers in the wake of Sandy Hook. Schools from Texas to Ohio are allowing teachers to bring guns to school, and some states, like South Dakota, have begun to pass legislation to allow guns in schools.


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The Children Must Be Safe Because Their Teacher is Carrying a Gun

December 26, 2012

Teachers who think that bringing a loaded gun to school protects their students have rocks in their head. After the shocking events of last week our children to be reassured not bodyguarded. They need to feel that school is a safe place.

When a teacher decides to bring a gun to school they are encouraging already anxious kids to become more worried and insecure. Our children need to be sheltered from guns, not see them as a normal everyday imperative for ones own security.

I detest the idea of putting guns in the hands of the very people instituted to be our children’s role models.

The teacher who decided to bring a gun to school may have thought she was protecting her students, but are our students so much safer in such an environment?:

Fear over the Newtown school shooting prompted a Minnesota teacher to bring a loaded gun to school last week, forcing a school lockdown. The unnamed teacher, a female in her 50s, has been placed on administrative leave from Seward Montessori School in Minneapolis.

“This is the first case like this I’ve ever heard of,” Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer told KMSP. “In this day in age in this week, handguns in schools are of great concern to everyone.”

Acting on a tip from a staff member, the school principal alerted the school resource officer, who confiscated the gun from the teacher, in her 21st year of employment at the school. The loaded .357 Magnum handgun was in the educator’s locker in the teacher’s lounge, according to the Star Tribune. School officials confirm that no students or staff were harmed or injured.

While the teacher was not arrested, she could face misdemeanor charges for violating conditions of her Minnesota conceal carry permit, which prohibits firearms in schools without written permission from a principal or school official.

Parents were notified of the incident by phone.

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Police Want Schools to Install a Gun Cupboard Next to the Broom Cupboard

August 23, 2012

Police have requested that high schools install locked gun safes just in case a shooter appears on campus:

Plainfield Police asked the district to install locked gun safes to keep a rifle and important information at several schools in the event there’s a shooter on campus, according to Plainfield School District 202.

The safe could include a “long gun, such as an AR 15 rifle,” according to the request, and would be stored in the offices of school police officers, who would be the only ones with access.

The request was made for Plainfield Central Campus, Plainfield East, Plainfield North and Plainfield Academy. Plainfield South High School will not be included.

“Unfortunately, in today’s society active shooter incidents are no longer something we see on TV,” Police Chief John Konopek said in a statement. “They are reality.”

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