Those that are willing and able should be allowed to do so. Those who cannot or will not handle that responsibility should be free to choose not to. It’s one of my pet peeves that anti-gun people immediately jump on the “You want every teacher to be armed??” band wagon.
Responsibly armed teachers are only a part of the solution. Every school should have armed security in addition to a locked down campus with one way in and one way out for the public. I’ve been researching School Resource Officers, I’m not sure I’m on that bandwagon honestly. SROs are LEOs, their jurisdiction is a particular school. Not only are they there to protect the kids, but they are there to police the kids as well. This is where we’re running into trouble with kids not trusting them and not saying anything.
In my line of Security, we’re first responders that patrol the campus of my company. We’re there to respond to any emergency, whether that’s medical, physical altercation, drunken disorderly, mental breakdown, etc etc etc. Everybody knows we’re there to keep people safe, help in an emergency or step in if there’s another type of problem. We work hard every day to foster trust with our guests and our coworkers. In my opinion, this is the type of Security we need in schools. Armed first responders who kids can look up to as a trusted adult and role model.
For any LEO’s reading, this is not intended to put down any department or SROs, this is just my views and experiences put into thoughts.
TL;DR: Arm the teachers that want that responsibility, lock down the campus, employ armed security trained as first responders from medical issues to fire fighting to verbal judo. In todays society, kids are encouraged not to trust Law Enforcement, so separating school security from Law Enforcement makes sense to me.