The Importance Of Gun Safety In Schools

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Implementing Gun Safety in School Classrooms Seventeen year old Katie Bentley sat in Ms.Newlin’s class just like any other day. Katie had been to multiple schools over the years, but had recently transferred to Monroe. She thought Monroe High was the safest school she had gone to. One day while Katie was in school, she saw a boy with a gun, or at least that’s what she thought. She didn’t tell anyone because she didn’t think gun violence was a big issue, because at all of her other schools she never heard of such a thing. Later that day the administrator got on the school speaker and announced a code red. Everyone started to panic, especially Katie because she saw a gun. A few seconds later, gun shots were heard. Significantly, gun violence …show more content…
According to Cecilia Obeng, who has her PhD in Education from Indiana University, the majority of teachers believe gun safety should be taugh from Pre-K up until Grade Six. Obeng wrote in her article “Should Gun Safety Be Taught in Schools? Perspectives of Teachers”, published in the Journal of School Health, that teachers believe gun safety should be taught because a school is a place for learning. Many teachers agree that students need to know what to do in dangerous situations and the dangers of guns. Educators agree that teaching gun safety will help students learn what to do in these types of situations and the dangers gun pose. Most adults agree that if they do teach gun safety that it should be taught by police or trained military, and a teacher. By having both a teacher and a police officer or a trained military person adults believe that students will take gun safety seriously. Overall, all adults and teachers who responded to the surveys in this article agree that teaching gun safety to Pre-K through Sixth Grade would benefit a lot of people (397). According to Rafe Esquith, who graduated from UCLA with a teaching degree, author of “Build Trust, Banish Fear”, published on Instructor, believes trust should be built instead of fear while in a classroom. Esquith believes this because he has experience with teaching in neighborhood schools full of gangs, drugs, and guns for years. Esquith has watched children come to school terrified during the long duration of his career. Esquith builds trust in his classroom on the first day of school, by explaining to his class that there is no fear in his classroom. Esquith does not want the students to be scared of school because of violence. He believes that there is no room for fear or violence in his classroom. He wants all his students to feel safe (47-49). According to CTRN (Change That Right Now)

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