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I’m addressing the letter “School shooting: Teachers should be armed.”

I am a survivor of school violence. I was 13 when a classmate entered my algebra class in Moses Lake with three guns. He shot three children sitting to my immediate right, then my teacher. I saw and heard my friends suffer and perish.

Today, I’m a mother and a former police dispatcher of 13 years. I am informed by experience.

Arming teachers is not the solution to school violence.

More guns does not mean children are safer. When armed people in casual clothing are fleeing or wounded, it is difficult for police to quickly distinguish who among them is a threat.

There are psychological implications of exposing children to guns for extended periods on a daily basis, and teachers are not inclined to shoot their students without hesitation.

The perspective that no law, policy, or resource can prevent children from accessing guns is fatalistic. Seventy-five percent of youth suicide attempts occur with guns found in the home. Sixty-five percent of school shooters obtain their weapons from either their own home or that of a relative. Adults are responsible for ensuring that guns are secured at home.

Emily Fulton, Spokane