'Should teachers be armed?' Fast Focus: One size fits none

January 20, 2013 

Arming school teachers or other staff members with guns or stun guns should be an option available to all school districts, assuming of course that all armed personnel have had appropriate training. It seems that just the possibility of facing armed staff would, by itself, be a deterrent to many. There are likely many other steps that could be taken to improve school safety such as improving detection and alarm systems, etc. The actual decision as to whether to arm staff or not should be made at the local level. A one-size-fits-all solution to most any problem does not fit all. Unfortunately, many in D.C. haven't figured that out yet. What we do need is better monitoring of and treatments for the mentally ill.

-- MARILYN YOUNG, Pasco

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