I wish there was an easy solution to the school shootings that keep happening. I’ve spent many sleepless nights thinking about the many ideas I have read or heard. There seems some good ideas and yet there isn’t a GREAT idea that stands out.
We will never end bullying. It is part of human nature. For as long as time is we have bullied others to move ourselves up that ladder we imagine raises us to a better place in life. I was bullied in school. I also bullied in school. I battle with mental health issues that stem from an abusive childhood, but I never blamed the school or my classmates. I did have some classmates I fervently disliked but I never wanted to cause any of them bodily harm.
I do understand being put down and misrepresented by everyone in my life. I also understand what it feels like to not be heard. When I attempt to say anything that is important for me to say and the receiver doesn’t listen, it always causes me to stumble in my journey to stay healthy while battling mental illness. Unlike the mass shooters we have heard about I don’t want to harm others- my issues are that I want to be heard but I don’t feel worthy.
Possibly increasing mental health counselors in schools is one of the tools we can utilize. I do believe we will have to use many tools to overcome these mass shootings. I think sadly the doors need to be locked once the bells ring. While locked doors can be shot open it does send off warnings and gives authorities time.
I think our teachers and administrators are overworked and need their work load lessened. It used to be (in the good old days) classes were not allowed to be over 10 students. Currently if you are a daycare provider you are not allowed to have over 6 or 7 children in your daycare. Why do we think teachers can do more? I have no idea how to fund these changes but we must cut down class room sizes so that teachers can be more effective not only in teaching, but in identifying problems that can be treated instead of expelled.
We’ve all known soldiers who return from service and struggle finding work. Maybe it is time to make a security entrance guarded with veterans. They have combat training and need work. I do not see that arming teachers is viable. While I am not against any teacher who feels he/she is capable of handling firearms. I have enough relatives who are teachers that would never carry a gun, to recognize that this is not a good option. I don’t like stereotyping people but honestly most people that go into the teaching profession choose this career because they want to nurture, educate and guide children. I do not think it is fair or right to ask them to be armed and ready to kill any one of these children.
Nearly 4 decades ago we as a society decided that teachers could not discipline our children. While I did not agree with that decision back then I recognize that we are not going to change it. So I ask you – as part of society that does NOT allow teachers to discipline your children- why do you think it is appropriate to ask them to arm themselves and make combat decisions to kill one of those children?
I don’t think there is any ONE solution to our problem. But maybe if we join our brilliant minds we can find some working solutions so our children are not being gunned down while attending classes.