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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Scared of school: 45% favor arming teachers

I try to imagine Miss Lawson, my kindergarten teacher, packing heat. Mrs. Roston? Miss Bletsch? Of course, in my day, schools didn't have security officers. We had vice principals.

Police deploy in a hallway at an Uvalde, Texas elementary school on May 24. Photo: Uvalde Police Department

Forty-five percent of Americans support arming teachers as a school safety strategy, according to a new poll by PDK, an educators' group, reports Libby Stanford in Education Week.

I'm surprised it's so high. I guess the reason is Uvalde: Police came, but didn't act until it was too late.

Eighty percent “strongly/somewhat support” armed police in schools, metal detectors, and mental health screenings of students.

Educators aren't eager to bear arms: 75 percent of teachers oppose arming teachers in a July American Federation of Teachers survey.

As schools reopen, parents who were worried about Covid-19 now seem more worried about a crazed gunman. I wonder how many kids won't show up at school because parents see school as unsafe.

As expected, the Centers for Disease control has issued new Covid-19 guidelines:

Schools need not keep students six feet apart or quarantine those exposed to the virus.

"Many Americans dispensed with practices such as social distancing, quarantine and mask-wearing long ago," notes Emily Anthes in the New York Times.

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