After the many mass shootings at different institutions across the nation, our school decided to take action. Adding security cameras, six-foot fencing, dedicated security guards, and a specific and very controlled check-in for all visitors were the measures decided upon to make everyone feel safer. In order to appreciate the magnitude of this decision, one needs to understand the history of our Montessori environment. The main idea that is taught from our preschool through high school is that peace is paramount. Healthy conflict and resolution is emphasized for all ages. What does this new, high security environment now tell our children?
In addition, with the blessing of the local school board (check this out from NBC news ) several educators and our principal received our concealed weapons permit. This was with the intention of carrying a firearm on our person, if asked to do so. The principal and one other individual would have this additional responsibility. Parents and students would not know the identity of the gun-carrying educator.
Did this make any of us feel safe? Honestly, I do not think so. We knew who was carrying the other weapon, but being a cop’s wife for twenty years, I did not have faith in this individual; would she be able to draw her firearm and use it? Even so, did she practice how to use it well? Is this a crazy idea?
Our school was always very fortunate. Up to this date, we have never had a violent student in attendance. However, what if the unthinkable were to occur and this future, upset, and unstable person got hold of the gun? How would we, as educators, protect our students then?
On the flipside, we had a few lockdowns because of some very weird situations occurring around the school. Would it not be easier to be armed and therefore stand a chance at defending everyone? The NRA has no qualms about the path to take.