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  • lvwrench
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    I heard about this on the radio yesterday. It will go over about as well as the idea of forcing all public school kids to wear specific uniforms to school in lieu of whatever. I would have to say that things are out of control in schools, maybe not everywhere. Maybe we should force the parents to go to school and the kids to earn the living.

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  • Jasper 45
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    Armed teachers? Maybe ... maybe not...

    Teachers with sidearms? An interesting debate nontheless.


    Legislator suggests arming teachers
    Proposal spurred by recent school shootings


    In the aftermath of recent school shootings, a state representative has proposed giving principals and teachers the right to arm themselves with handguns.
    Frank Lasee (R-Green Bay) announced Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation early next year that would give teachers and other school personnel the option of carrying concealed weapons. The action was largely prompted by the school shootings in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where Weston Schools principal was killed last week.

    Lasee's proposal received a cool response by Milwaukee Public Schools, but the legislator stressed the measure would hinge on staff members undergoing strict training.
    "Sometimes when people are intent on harming others, the only reasonable response you could have is to confront them with firepower to stop them," said Lasee, who believes that school personnel trained in handling weapons could better combat violent intruders or students.

    According to Lasee, the method has been successful in Israel and Thailand, where schools were once heavily targeted by terrorists.
    But combating gun violence with more guns doesn't make sense to several MPS officials.
    "Statistically, the safest place for a child to be is in school," said Pete Pochowski, director of school safety for MPS. "We have problems in our schools, but not to the point where we need to arm our teachers and principals."
    Furthermore, he added, children in countries such as Israel and Thailand are far more vulnerable to daily violence than students in America.
    "In the country we live in, we have a lot of freedom," Pochowski said, "and we have to expose ourselves to some danger to keep that."
    Lena Crawford, the acting assistant principal at Marshall High School, said she would rather see resources go toward putting police officers or metal detectors in every school.
    Lasee, who owns several guns himself, said he expected controversy. He acknowledged that he would have to work around a federal law that bans guns on school grounds.
    Even if the measure fails this time, Lasee said, support could build in the future if school violence continues.

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