posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 07:01 PM
a reply to: TheRedneck
It's unfortunate that we have to implement such security measures. Our children should be able to attend school in blissful ignorance of the violence
outside of the doors of their schoolhouse. They shouldn't have to fear for their lives, they should be able to concentrate on learning and enjoy
socializing with their peers. Their public school experience should be as carefree as mine.
By the time I was in 2nd grade, I could walk alone the 4 blocks to home from my elementary school. When I was in high school, it wasn't unusual to
see some of the country boys coming to school with high power rifles in the window racks of their trucks; ready to go hunting as soon as the final
bell rang. We even carried toy guns around with us at one point when we were playing the assassination game. Although, to be honest, that game did
finally get banned.
But even then, things were starting to change. After I graduated, the kids starting getting more violent in our schools. At one point there was a
big group fight that resulted in several students being expelled. On the national stage, the Columbine school massacre happened less than 20 years
Changing times. Every facet of our society is changing faster than at any other time in our nation's history. So, while I wish that children could
maintain their innocence, and be intrinsically protected from harm just by virtue of being so innocent, that is not the reality of the 21st century.
Our children are already having to face the harsh truths of reality much earlier than we did. High speed Internet and 200+ TV channels of
entertainment, information, and news has exposed them to things we didn't even know existed when we were their age. Not to mention learning about
concepts that didn't even exist when I was a child.
If a teacher with proper training/background checks has a gun in his/her locked desk drawer, what does it hurt? Nothing. It's an inanimate object.
What does it help? Maybe nothing, but then again, maybe it makes the decision between one shooter dead or 17 innocent children dead. If I go to school
to see my kid over something, what does it detract from my day to wait until my turn and have an armed security guard escorting me? Nothing. It's a
minuscule price to pay to ensure the school is safe. If a kid has to pass through a metal detector and have backpacks x-rayed when they go to school,
what does that really hurt? It's an inconvenience.
There is an obvious precedent for implementing stricter security measures when changes in our society dictate them: airport security. After incidents
like the DB Cooper hijacking in the early 1970s, stronger security measures began to be put in place. By 1974, metal detectors and X-ray machines
were required by law to be installed at all airports. It was an inconvenience, but travelers understood the need for those measures. Of course since
9/11 that inconvenience has multiplied manyfold.
So, what you have proposed seems to be completely reasonable given the current state of our society. I doubt our children will be much phased by the
implementation of these measure. I'm sure I'll be more traumatized than them. But, in a few years, when I walk my granddaughter to school, I'll feel
considerably more comfortable leaving her in the hands of her teachers knowing that she's protected in a fortress built to keep out the evils of the
world that just didn't exist when I was her age.