The current official wisdom with regard to security is centralization and specialization. In Britain we have a blanket ban on the possession of any weapon or weapon-like object in a public place. A table leg wrapped in a plastic bag has been known to get people arrested in London. The British answer to increased threat from terrorism and criminality has been a vast network of CCTV and laws requiring private companies to turn over pretty much any information they have on anybody upon request.
Here in Canada and in the USA and Britain, the answer to security threats to schools, both external threats and those from violent students, has been to put uniformed police officers in the schools. Teachers cannot touch unruly students, they must call a cop, who will then follow the official SOP to subdue, restrain or otherwise deal with the kid(s). The result over the last 20-30 years has been an ever increasing police presence in schools, and an ever increasing amount of criminality to go with that presence. Oh, and huge cost increases, as they pay cops to cool their heels in schools all friggin' day.
Bucking the official wisdom is this bunch of crazy people in Texas.
A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to allow teachers and staff to pack guns for protection when classes begin later this month, a newspaper reported.The head looney had this to say:
Trustees at the Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change last October so employees can carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting teachers follow certain requirements.
Here's a guy who has considered what's being done everywhere else, seen that it isn't working no matter how much money they throw at it, and decided to do something different. He's said, well, we already have teachers at the school whom we have already certified as trustworthy, upstanding and proper individuals, who are trusted to look after these kids. Is there some reason they can't be armed to protect the kids? Do we have to pay men to do nothing other than wear a gun all day, while these teachers are probably better motivated to look after the kids? If you can't trust the teacher to be with the kids armed, can you trust them when they are not armed? Does the gun make the teacher into a security threat? Are teachers too stupid to learn safe gun handling? Are cops some kind of übermenchen, only they can safely carry a gun?
Superintendent David Thweatt said the small community is a 30-minute drive from the sheriff's office, leaving students and teachers without protection. He said the district's lone campus sits 500 feet from heavily trafficked U.S. 287, which could make it a target.
"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that's when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can't defend themselves? That's like saying 'sic 'em' to a dog," Thweatt said in Friday's online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Thweatt said officials researched the policy and considered other options for about a year before approving the policy change. He said the district also has various other security measures in place to prevent a school shooting.
"The naysayers think (a shooting) won't happen here. If something were to happen here, I'd much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them," Thweatt said.
No. So arm the teachers on the off chance some freak decides to do something nasty at the school. Case closed, on to the next problem.
Radical, isn't it? He's distributing the power and authority outward. Everybody else is trying to hoard it inward.
Continue thinking, my friends.