Don't arm our teachers

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You run for a seat on the school board and assume you'll cast votes on curriculum and teacher contracts and bond issues. That we have now reached the place where our two local public elementary schools need to cast an annual vote aimed at keeping Springfield from making it optional for local school districts to provide firearm training for teachers and staff is simply an affirmation of the deep hole we are in as a nation.

The very idea that the best way to keep our children safe from gun violence is to arm their teachers is repugnant. It suggests that the U.S. has lost the fortitude, the good sense to actively pass gun safety measures that are the most certain route to protect our kids. 

So we were glad to see last week that the school board at District 90 River Forest schools agreed to send one of its members to the coming Illinois Association of School Boards meeting next month to oppose this grotesque idea. The Oak Park District 97 school board was set to take up the issue Tuesday after our press time. Considering the D97 board opposed the same measure a year ago, we are certain it will take a similar position.

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Robert Zeh  

Posted: November 16th, 2019 3:58 PM

I understand not wanting teachers to be armed, especially in rich communities like ours with nearby police and great response times. I do not understand why you'd want to impose our preferences on more spread out downstate communities. Do you love their children more than they do? Are you smarter than them? If they want to do arm teachers, let them.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 12th, 2019 6:09 PM

William Dwyer Jr. You have a reputation even back as a child. You have not answered in any of your comments your opinion and I suppose your opinion is you do not want weapons so now how do you accomplish getting rid of all the weapons or you could say all owners of weapons that fall into the hands of minors or adults are responsible for the shooters actions and create a law. You answer just is not an answer and people want answers

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: November 12th, 2019 1:13 PM

I don't recall you being around when I was a kid, McCoy. So I'm pretty sure you've no way to know how I acted back then. Maybe you're just confused? As for my views on lethal weapons, I've expressed them on this web board at length.

Kline Maureen  

Posted: November 12th, 2019 11:51 AM

Does anybody really know what time it is... whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whooooah, whooooah, whooooah, whoa, whoa....

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 10th, 2019 8:33 PM

William Dwyer Jr. Others are unaware how confused they are although you offer nothing except the same type of behavior you have had since being a child. You are not going to get rid of gun's if you think that is going to happen. This is about the next project to secure schools so why not give everyone your own ideas how you would keep students safe

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: November 10th, 2019 5:58 PM

Yes. I get that, Bruce. I do. And you quite reasonably asked a fair question, seeking clarification. Unfortunately, others posting here are blissfully unaware of just how confused they are.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: November 9th, 2019 10:29 PM

Bill, Brian and Tommy. I am confused ... really.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: November 9th, 2019 8:34 PM

Got that, Bruce? The "obvious" factor you missed is the need to "establish a similarity including accessibility to weapons." . How, I ask, could the rest of us missed that?

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 9th, 2019 8:26 PM

@ tommy Real" McCoy: For the most part you are correct. However I am of the opinion we must save what we can, and work for a better solution. I would like to meet you somewhere, because I( have a book for you. "Why Meadow died" a student from the Florida school who died in a school shooting and her fathers actions after her death. Evil must be met by evil which does not want to be evil.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 9th, 2019 7:51 PM

Bruce Kline The obvious is there is enough information compiled on every shooter or group of shooters background to establish a similarity including accessibility to weapons. If no one wants to put that information together and teach what to be looking for then the alternative is limiting movement of students from classrooms or you can bring in metal detectors and armed security and have students show up two hours before school starts each day to make sure every student is checked. There is no right answer to make sure every one is kept safe although and I certainly would prefer having some one armed if some thing did occur although I would rather work to prevent ways to prevent instead of increasing the number of bullets being fired and there are alternatives and school does not need to become a place where students need to fear going to school

Bruce Kline  

Posted: November 9th, 2019 4:00 PM

Tommy what is the "obvious" that no one seems to be recognizing? And what is the "answer?" Seriously.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 9th, 2019 11:31 AM

Brian Slowiak Lets say you arm the teachers and a battle breaks out and bullets are flying in all directions and several bystanders are injured or worse, then the school board was wrong to arm teacher's. This is not the answer. School's are not a combat zone and the answer is teaching the teacher's, staff and student's to notice a change in a person who may need help. Having practice drills at school for a potential shooter is not the answer. All of this is going in the wrong direction, although I could be wrong since no one seems to be recognizing the obvious and would rather consider a force meets force type of thought

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 9th, 2019 7:41 AM

Just to show the other side of the coin, if there is a teacher who is qualified to carry a firearm in school, and that teacher is denied, what would happen if the teacher was injured or died during a shooting incident, not having a chance to defend themselves, would the Board and come up with compensation for their loss quickly and without a civil trial?

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