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Encouraging armed teachers by "Retake our Gov't"?

Putting our children/parents/teachers/community at risk with allowing concealed weapons in our schools.

Top story in our local paper: 

Retake our Government giving two scholarships to two teachers to attend a course to get their concealed weapons permit saddened me.  We've lived in Hartland since 1977, both daughters went 12 years thru Hartland Schools, graduates of 1989 and 1993. Today one is a school social worker, and the other a 6th grade math teacher. 

I can't imagine what the parents of today think about sending their children to school with their teachers or other school personnel  carrying concealed guns or access to them in locked boxes on the school grounds. Having lethal weapons available to the school community is fear based and not an atmosphere conducive to education or citizenship, in my view. 

I know that the proposed legislation hasn't been passed yet to allow this but according to Bill Rogers and our other local legislators, they want each school board to decide if they want this ability.  So now parents not only have to question other parents about if they have guns in their homes before their children are allowed to play over there but also now have to question whether there are guns in their school system, too. 

Maybe this is what freedom looks like to Retake our Government-we have the freedom to look elsewhere if our local school decides to let guns in, we can drive our kids halfway across town or another community altogether to find a gun free zone?

The next day in our local paper there was a story about our legislators passing a law to change the age from 18 to 21 for students having sex with teachers. Do you see the irony of these two messages? 

We are for letting school boards decide to arm the very people who we don't trust with our kids?

Hopefully, the mothers and fathers and community leaders will speak out against this legislation for allowing school boards to decide about concealed weapons permits for school personnel.  This is where citizens need to realize what message they are sending to the children/parents of Livingston County. It is one that says they aren't safe at school anymore. 

Safety at the hands of a gun is false safety. Safety comes from trusting the adults in charge and that comes with relationships not gun ownership nor punitive legislation against teachers having sex with students up to 21 years of age. 

As an aside, I would be interested in knowing where our legislators were educated. 

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Kate March 01, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I would not want my son/daughter attending a school where the educators were carrying concealed weapons. If you want to spend money on well-hidden metal detectors at entryways, fine.
dan rice March 02, 2013 at 04:58 AM
You mean call a skilled professional who's been rigorously trained in how to handle emergencies? Sure. Let a bunch of would-be Rambos carry weapons around children thru the school day? No thanks.
hartland eagle March 02, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Exactly, Dan. The suggestion that we should allow anyone to carry a gun in schools, based on "training" in a one day, $150 course, is preposterous. You hit the nail on the head.
dan rice March 02, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I've taken a CPL class so I'll jump in here. That class in no way, shape or form qualifies you as an expert in defending the world and/or making high-pressure, split-second life or death decisions. It gives you bare basics in situations requiring personal defense. Only ongoing mental and physical training that law enforcement and military personnel undergo can deliver the needed experience.
Mares Hirchert March 02, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Hi Scott, I've e-mailed Tatum and she can't find my original response-it may have been a technical problem on my end. Anyway, I haven't gotten any response from Steph or Julie about their opinion on arming teachers, they may be too busy trying to help their students! Social Workers and Teachers in the School system deal daily with a lot of social problems in their students' homes and community besides the school environment. Adding more stress into their lives by added gun issues doesn't seem like a positive force for the children nor the teachers. Thanks, Scott, for your kind words about our family.

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