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.
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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