Should Teachers Carry Guns? (Part III)  

 

Many educators think carrying a concealed weapon is a bad idea, including school shooting survivors themselves.

Some teachers who were involved in school shootings disagree with being armed on campus.

Second-grade teacher Abbey Clements was hiding with her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School as the school shooting was taking place. Clements had this to say: We’re not trained sharpshooters, we’re not trained, first responders. We are caregivers. I’m certain every teacher out there would say that we want school safety, but arming teachers isn’t the answer.”

“I feel we should have more security at school, but I don’t want our school to become a prison,” said Adeena Teres, a science teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the owner of a concealed-carry permit.

Jim Moffatt, a retired principal who was shot by a student at Fergus High School in Montana actively campaigns against legislative efforts to arm teachers.

While their numbers might be smaller than those who oppose carrying guns, there are teachers, principals, and superintendents who are for it.

Brian Teucke, an 8th-grade civics and economics teacher in Virginia said having a military background makes him somewhat of an aberration among his colleagues. He has a concealed-carry permit and would carry a gun to school.

His students, he said, have told him they would like that extra level of security. “I do think it’s reasonable for someone like me, but if you look at the landscape of US teachers as a whole, I don’t think it’s realistic,” he said.

Jeffrey Woofter, a former sheriff and the superintendent of West Virginia’s Barbour County school district, doesn’t think that every staff member should be armed. But he feels that trained staff should be able to carry concealed weapons or have access to concealed guns on campus.

“Schools are the same as sitting ducks since folks know that you aren’t allowed to carry in schools and that just makes them vulnerable,” Woofter said.