Did you hear that a 15-year-old girl was Tasered by a sheriff’s deputy at her Greensboro high school this week? She was threatening two teachers and assaulted the officer when her tried to arrest her. Obviously, that’s not good, it’s completely unacceptable for teachers – or anyone – to be threatened at their workplace. Still, In wonder if there wasn’t another way to defuse the situation. I find it troubling that there are law enforcement officers ready and armed in the event that a student gets upset. Why is that? Why are police and deputies stationed at schools? It’s not really because of the threat posed by belligerent students, it’s because of the threat posed by guns. But we can’t talk about that.
Now some members of the Guilford County school board naturally want to create a review board to discuss the presence of armed school resource officers and perhaps establish protocols for the those officers’ weapons. Other members disagree with the idea of even reviewing the use of the stun guns in schools. To me, this shows what a degraded quality of life we accept because of our refusal to even discuss limiting gun ownership in this country. We send children to schools where they enter through metal detectors and have law enforcement patrolling the halls. This doesn’t strike me as conducive to learning. I know I’m spittin’ in the wind here, if the fact that “approximately one NC child is killed by a gun every week” doesn’t bother people, the fact that kids are getting Tasered in schools certainly isn’t going to raise any eyebrows. It’s just this week’s reminder to me that we love our guns more than our children, and I can’t believe anyone finds that acceptable.