I will NEVER carry a weapon, concealed or otherwise, in my classroom.
I will NEVER keep it locked in a safe.
I say this with the utmost certainty.
There is a huge debate going on about whether teachers should be armed in order to protect their students. We would even get bonuses!
As usual, teachers’ voices are muted by the roar of non-educators who believe they know better.
There are teachers who say they would quit or retire.
I wouldn’t give up my passion because someone says I must do something I am vehemently opposed to. I would fight. I hope enough of us would do the same.
Everyone knows a teacher would give their life for a student.It happened again in Florida. But arming me? Having to be trained to use a weapon? Not going to happen. There are way too many things that could go wrong with this scenario.
I will continue to fight for my students as long as I am teaching. But a gun will not be my weapon of choice. I will not be armed.
Originally published on “Diary of a Public School Teacher“