by Brady Devergilio
Controversy arises after recent school shooting in Florida.
After the recent school shooting in Florida a huge debate has sparked over how to keep our schools safe, leaving students and teachers to wonder what will be done to keep them safe while on campus.
Students from Monument Valley Middle School were recently interviewed on the topic of teachers carrying weapons, something that has been suggested to help keep our schools safe. Some students had stronger opinions than others on the subject, but everyone had something to say. Liam, 8th grade student from Great Barrington MA, said that, “Yeah in the event of violence of course I would safer if a teacher had a weapon.”
Student Gavin, a 8th grader from MVRMS, agreed with him saying that he, “would feel safer in the event of an emergency if there were armed teachers on the campus, as long as they are trained properly.”
Gavin also said that he still thinks that there are better options than arming teachers, such as having a armed school resource officer. Student Mason, an 8th grade student from Lenox MA, also liked the idea of having a school resource officer, saying “They would be more effective because they already have experience and are well trained.”
Other students disagreed however, “It would only make me more scared,” said student Elsa . Elsa, an 8th grade student from Monument Valley, agreed with Mason and Gavin saying that resource officers would be a better option than arming teachers, but still thought that there are better options available. Elsa went on to say, “We should focus more on escape than defense.” Elsa also put forward the idea of getting more tools to help us escape in the event of violence at our school, such as a rope ladder.
MVRMS staff was also interviewed on this topic recently along with students. Teacher Fredrik Erickson, the schools 8th grade math teacher, said that “the negatives much outweigh the positives,” when asked if arming teachers would help in the event of an emergency. Erickson also said that, “we should focus on caring for members of our community” so that tragedy’s like a school shooting never occur.
Ben Doren, the principal of MVRMS, tended to agree with Erickson, stating that they could help but that they would have more negative effects than positive ones. Doren said that we should, “focus more on preparing students for an event like this,” instead of trying to arm teachers. Doren also said that, “we should look into what is causing these shootings,” saying that we should do research into the topic and then act from there.
Florida senator Marco Rubio agrees with Doren saying “I don't support that… the notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is something that,quite frankly I’m comfortable with.” Rubio stands in the middle of the spectrum however, supporting certain gun laws that some wish to abolish.
Donald Trump, the current President of the United States of America, disagrees with Rubio, saying that “a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.” Trump suggests that, “we give guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training.” Trump also says that, “these teachers would go for special training,” that would allow them to safely carry a gun on campus.
This issue has become a hugely controversial topic in America and could prove to be pivotal for schools and their safety in the near future,but until this debate is solved students and school staff all over the nation are still left wondering how their schools will be kept safe.