Then we should do better at that. Good place to start when it comes to law enforcement accountability.
Experience enforcing the law and having that weapon at their disposal as a tool to enforce the law if needed. Simply patrolling with a sidearm gives them more experience than a teacher with a gun.
In a school shooting, there is a nail to be hammered, right?
“cooler heads” in a shooting means getting involved in the shootout, now? Is that what you’re saying?
In a school shooting, as a teacher, my job is to secure my students. I can’t just leave them alone to go play cowboy. If we’re put on lockdown, I don’t know who outside of my classroom is armed and coming for who. I can’t leave that room to go find out.
The moment a shooting happens is a bit late to be wondering about that.
Someone who has had the training to be able to deal with it.
To make everyone feel better? The difference between me, a teacher, and a cop is that I have a classroom of kids I’m accountable for most of the day. The cop doesn’t.
Of course we will. But the likelihood of an armed teacher being able to diffuse a shooting when it starts is only slightly less likely than an SRO being able to when it begins. But the SRO has the luxury of being able to respond “easily” because he doesn’t have a group of 30 kids who are now panicked to make safe.