Unfortunately, America is a country where deadly school shootings are a dangerous reality. Too many families have had to lose loves ones in many cases at schools across this nation over the last several decades.
According to a December 2016 article published online by the Los Angeles Times, a school district in the U.S. state of Colorado has taken drastic measures to prevent such tragedies from happening in their school classrooms and hallways. In the Hanover School District of Colorado Springs, Colorado, teachers are allowed to do something revolutionary.
“[Hanover school board member Michael Lawson] felt the district’s two schools and roughly 270 students were vulnerable to would-be [school shooters]. Then there were the dozens of marijuana growers in the area whom he alleges have links to “Cuban and Colombian” drug cartels,” wrote Times guest contributor David Kelly.
Kelly is a reporter from The Associated Press whose article was featured in the Los Angeles Times, which reported that the Hanover school board has voted to allow teachers to carry guns to class. “In [June 2016], [Lawson] suggested a plan to allow trained faculty and staff to carry guns on campus. After months of debate, Hanover School District 28 voted 3-2 [December 14, 2016] in favor of the measure,” Kelly also wrote.
This school board measure in the Hanover school district of Colorado springs came into action exactly four years after the tragic school shooting that happened in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. That senseless and preventable massacre took the lives of 20 innocent children and six school faculty members.
However, Mark McPherson, the president of the Hanover school board opposed the measure, which made it legal for teachers to carry firearms to school.
“I don’t feel we can train a teacher to respond effectively in that situation by giving them a 40-hour course,” McPherson said in his interview with the Associated Press. “That isn’t enough for them to execute with clarity and in an expert manner in a situation that normally calls for a professional,” he continued.
In the wake of this bold, preventative new measure by the Hanover school board, it will be interesting to see what other public school boards in America may follow suit in 2017.