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Area residents split about arming school administrators

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 6:45 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 2:12 AM
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Terry Tittel, of Evans, said arming school administrators with weapons is not a good solution for preventing school violence.

“They’re already trying to do the best to teach our children. Now, you’re going to add something else for them to train on,” Tittel said. “Let’s develop a less encroaching solution, a different type of security for all the doors as you’re coming in.”

If administrators are armed, then they need to be trained just like anyone else carrying a gun, Tittel said.

“There’s nothing more scary than someone with a firearm that doesn’t know how to use it properly,” he said.

J.D. Drinnen, of Martinez, agrees with arming school administrators but said it should be a voluntary option and not mandatory.

“That’s a serious thing to contemplate especially if you’re surrounded by children,” Drinnen said. “But if they feel a responsibility to protect them and they go through the scenarios in their mind, there are some excellent training facilities.”

Russell Creighton, of North Augusta, said training school administrators to carry guns is not necessary if police are present at schools.

“That’s just overkill,” Creighton said.

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Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/16/13 - 07:48 pm
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Please.

Can't even keep teachers from slapping their kids. That's NOT the solution.

Larry Bagwell
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Larry Bagwell 01/16/13 - 08:36 pm
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Half-baked idea

While the ideal, daily mind-sets for teachers and policemen should both be positive, they are, of necessity very different. At their best, teachers are at school to teach and inspire kids. Physically, not all teachers see well or move quickly. Some, after all, are old or simply not fit. The ones who don't really know their limitations will complicate the efforts of the first-responders. Policemen train for terrible situations all the time and, themselves, don't always get it right. Having some teachers with guns and some without will set up a totally different meaning to the "haves" and the "have-nots." Thus, to set up a vague reach at protection for the 1/1000 schools that has to endure these sub-human assaults, the other 999 schools would have to work out tens of thousands of teachers--not all of whom are perfect people themselves-- carrying, likely accidentally firing, perhaps pulling a weapon for a normal ugly situation like a fight that's gone awry, and any number of daily, human/all-too-human situations.

KentDaniel
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KentDaniel 01/17/13 - 01:38 pm
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shoulda coulda woulda

I'll bet there are lots of teachers and administration officials over the years that would have liked to have had more than a "wish" that the guy would stop shooting their students. Some might feel "uncomfortable" with a gun but instead of running at the criminal empty handed-- give these people an option other than yelling

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