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I believe a key issue is to demand that administrators do a better job of providing all the necessary security measure on a daily basis. We see many speaking out on how they are going to make changes. But are they sincere? When the emotional state calms down and another big event makes the news will the latest tragic event be pushed aside. Also, having been a teacher in a high school, there are some staff members you don't want carrying a weapon. Plus, teachers have so many extra duties now that are not curriculum specific. Being trained on weapon safety/firing would be one more required thing that they would have to do on their own time. I'm sure teachers would not be happy with that. How is administration going to determine who can and who cannot carry. That leads then to the question if the teacher can't be trusted to be armed why are they in the classroom? It should not be a one time event but recurring training. It would not eliminate the safety concern but may create another one. Imagine a 240 lb student overtaking a 130 lb armed teacher in the classroom and releasing his/her anger in the classroom. Education administrators and legistators need to develop a plan that is carefully thoughout and enforced. Accountability goes back to the parents and administrators. If administrators won't or can't do the job then they need to move to another profession.
5 months ago
Without going into great details but just to clairfy to you I did take the issue first to my department chair who agreed with my concern but stated "I don't want to burn no bridges" and I did take the concern to the principal first. But nothing was done. As far as being a team player....I was and still am. It's to bad that a common problem is that some people make to many excuses to avoid accountability. You would probably have a different opinion of me if you knew all the facts. 5 months ago
I hope that she is sincere about about security being a #1 priority. Our children deserve a safe learning environment. In 2007 I spoke to her and the school principal regarding a problem with the security and a security contractor at one of the districts high school. She didn't even review my support but rather gave it to her assistant for review. The prinicipal was upset that I addressed the issue with Dr Casteel and took administrative action against me that was supported by her. The administration was more concerned with a faculty member speaking out about problems than addrerssing the security issue itself. Today, that principal is still at that school as well as Dr Casteel as district superintendent. The parents as well as the school board needs to take an active roll in insuring that administrators and faculty are doing what they are accountable for. 5 months ago