Essay on School Shootings Since The Sandy Hook Massacre

1580 Words Oct 19th, 2015 null Page
Introduction At the time of this writing, there has been 144 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. School shootings are becoming an all too-often occurrence and society members are no longer shocked when it happens. It has become a norm in the United States. However, if we were to ask the parents of those lost kindergarteners if this is a problem that needs to be immediately addressed, I am certain they would scream ‘yes’ from the top of their lungs. If I, a middle school teacher, were asked if school gun violence is a national concern, I would also piercingly argue that action must take place before another precious life is lost. One potential solution proposed in the last few years calls for the arming of teachers. The solution of arming teachers is a wild risk, which will result in educators and gun rights’ advocates with lots to explain when something goes wrong. The liability and responsibility that armed teachers would carry is simply too much.
Rationale
Obama reported in 2014 that school shootings are occurring at a rate of almost one per week. With statistics like this, it is hard for me, as an educator, not go become passionate about school safety. It is one thing to feel safe in your home, but it is another to feel safe at work. I do not want to fear what might happen at work every day. It has become a reality that when I set up my classroom, I must consider a layout conducive to lock downs and threats of an incoming intruder. When I designed…

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