Last week, the Georgia House passed a bill, with a vote of 112-58, that will allow teachers to carry firearms in the classroom and I’m upset. No, I’m more than upset. I’m furious.
Supports say that by allowing people to carry guns, “bad guys” will think twice about trying to commit acts of violence with their own guns. I say that it’s putting guns into the hands of the people that I’m entrusting with my children’s safety. The same teachers who have shown several times in just the last few weeks that they shouldn’t be trusted.
A middle school math teacher allegedly came at a student with a pair of scissors and cut his shirt. The student and another boy were pushing each other, when the ruler that one of the boys was holding broke. The teacher opted for an eye for an eye justice. Since the boy broke something of his, he wanted to destroy something of the boy’s. He later claimed it was a joke that went wrong.
A high school home economics teacher was acting as a chaperone for a weekend conference when she was arrested. Her charges included shoplifting and leaving her four-year-old granddaughter unattended in a hotel room.
Another high school teacher was accused of simple battery for grabbing a student by the shirt hard enough to rip it. Why did he put his hands on a student? The boy was buying Skittles from a vending machine in the teacher’s lounge and the teacher thought the student might have been the person stealing his food.
All three of these incidents happened this month in Richmond County. This is the county where my children have attended school since 2011. These are the people whom Georgia lawmakers want to arm. These are the supposed good guys.
How can I, as a parent, feel safe knowing that people who are prone to overreacting with violence and making poor life choices are legally allowed to carry firearms in the same classrooms where my children spend hours of their day? Who will protect the kids from the good guys?
Before guns in the classrooms are legalized, the bill has to be signed by the Governor. The last time a gun related bill was passed was in 2010, the same year that Georgia had more gun deaths per capita than any other state. I sincerely hope he decides to veto this bill and put a stop to this madness.