Against Armed Guards in Schools

Today, I’m over at In These Times talking about why having armed guards or police officers in schools is a terrible idea:

I have spent most of my life in a school setting: first as a student, then as a high school teacher. In more than 20 years of observation, I have never witnessed a need for armed guards. Perhaps I am fortunate in this. But school shootings are still relatively rare, despite their high media profile; Implementing an armed police presence in every school because a few have been the scenes of heinous crimes would be like screening every white male in the school system for a mental illness because the perpetrators of such crimes are predominantly white males. It just isn’t feasible, nor does it help the problem; what it does is unnecessarily invade our privacy.

Read the whole article here!

How do you feel about armed guards in public schools? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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