Teachers with guns could be the future of school safety
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 01:38:44 GMT —
In the dawn of tragedies such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, one school district made a change.
Arkansas' Clarksville School District now requires 20 teachers and staff members to be equipped with 9 millimeter guns, in case of an emergency.
This comes as a surprise to some who look to keep guns away from the schools.
Now this plan is a reality in Arkansas, but how close is it to coming to Quincy?
"When I read about it, it was, you know, it was a shock, because it has kind of gone from one drastic from schools not having a lot of security to where we are now equipping 20 teachers with guns," QPS board president Stephanie Erwin said.
Erwin isn't sure about teachers carrying guns in schools. She's concerned about liabilities and accidents.
"What if it accidentally went off? What if the teacher isn't there in the room and it isn't locked up? If the student gets shot? If another teacher gets shot? I mean, there are just so many unanswered questions that we will need to do a lot of research. I just don't see that. I think there are other ways right now we can prevent a lot without having teachers equipped with guns," Erwin said.
Quincy Public Schools security chief Billy Meyer says something needs to be done to keep students safer.
"How do we stop this? That is a good discussion to have. And we need people to be thinking along the lines of how do we prevent this? Because nobody wants a tragedy. Nobody," Meyer said.
Meyer said guns in schools would carry a lot of hurdles for the school district, including compensation for the teachers, parental consent, and finding insurance carriers to name a few.
"I'm not saying it will never happen. I'm just saying we are not there yet," Meyer said.
Meyer and Erwin both agree that Quincy Public Schools are safe for the time being.
They said there could be changes in the future increasing safety without firearms in the picture.