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One would think things like creating and enforcing anti-bullying policies would be more effective in staving off "a massacre along the lines of what happened at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999." Instead, they're bringing in their own brand of bullying.
Thus making a 'violent incident' into an even more violent incident. The Wild West lives on in Texas...
Anti-bullying: seriously! And while I doubt a concealed weapon policy would actually pass in Massachusetts, various schools here have been shot down (um) when they've tried to do proactive stuff like a specific curriculum teaching kids about standing up for themselves and others, having enough self-esteem and figuring out how they are so that they don't need to bully, etc. People get really defensive at the idea of public schools teaching "values."Same when one of the high schools around here in 2004 or so wanted to have staff trained in one of the deescalation methods (you're familiar with the various methods -- the ones where you start with verbal deescalation, then you move to escorting kids apart from one another, then restraint as an absolute last resort, all the while telling the kid exactly what's going to happen if they don't choose to end it themselves). Parents had a fit, saying that training the teachers to put hands on students violated their rights. So instead, in this particular school, kids are assaulting one another and assaulting staff, and staff are putting hands on the kids because it would be stupid not to, only they're doing it without any training. It probably would be easier to get a gun policy passed than to train them in breaking up fights. *sigh*
Moonraven, that was my first thought. The likelihood that there will be a situation where someone walks in and opens fire is really really low. It's happened, what, less than 10 times ever anywhere? It's way more likely that some teacher will overreact to a fight or a threat or something more common, only some kid will end up dead instead of ending up with a handprint around their arm like they usually do when a teacher doesn't know how to deal with a kid going off.
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