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About half of students support teachers with “glocks”

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In a recent survey conducted within Morton East High School, out of 118 students 49% support teachers carrying firearms on school grounds.   

As of March 2018, there have been eight school shootings in the United States this year. Due to the increase of shootings within schools, there has been talk of methods that would deter any more shootings from occurring. There has been talk about reforming gun laws; in most states, you can legally purchase an assault rifle at the age of 18. Another idea that has been presented is implementing metal detectors in schools, but that alone can cost within the range of $1000-$30,000.  

“Having guns in the classroom would distract students, or at least I know it would distract me knowing that my teacher has a fully loaded weapon in her desk,” senior Jesus Flores, a Morton student, said.  

This does prove to show that some students, like Jesus, would be afraid and unable to focus on simple topics.  On the other hand, there are students who would feel more secure and safe with a teacher who has a way to fight back should anything ever occur.   

“I would feel a lot safer knowing that my teacher can fight back to protect us and himself. “Angel Ruiz, a student from Morton said.   

The principal had a few things to say about this topic and even gave a few of his ideas and examples of things that he has pushed to make this learning environment feel safer for everybody.  

“We have armed off-duty police officers walking around the school and I believe that our teachers are brave enough to protect our students,”  principal Mr. Gamboa said.  

It isn’t so much about the guns, but more about the security of our youth. To what extent would we go to protect the next generation, would we equip the staff with firearms or implement metal detectors. Each one of them has their pros and cons but it is time for people to decide what should be done.

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19 Responses to “About half of students support teachers with “glocks””

  1. Christina Cortez on January 8th, 2019 11:15 am

    I honestly wouldn’t mind if my teachers have guns in their classroom as long as its not in easy reach of any of the students.

  2. Erick on January 8th, 2019 12:07 pm

    I think it would be a better for our school security to carry firearms instead of teachers. Security are the ones that roam the hallways during school hours and see everyone who comes through the building.

  3. Luis on January 8th, 2019 12:10 pm

    It’s definitely a debatable and focal topic to discuss in today’s society, especially with all the violent school events occurring. I don’t believe teachers bearing firearms is ideal but then again many schools don’t have an alternative as to buying metal detectors because of the cost.. I believe Morton has the right idea by just simply having off-duty police officers that can respond to a situation if needed.

  4. Daniela 2 on January 9th, 2019 10:37 am

    I believe if teacher have guns with them the student wouldn’t be able to focus. They’ll be more worried about a teacher having a gun than worrying about their education. Yes it would make the “school safer” but I think they should have more security and better practices on how they should react when there a school shooting.

  5. Christina Cortez on January 9th, 2019 10:39 am

    I honestly would’t mind if my teachers have guns in their classrooms as long as its not in easy reach of any students. Sure we have armed officers that are in SOME of the hallways but a teacher needs something that they can act quick on. By the time one of the officers have shown up more damage may have been done than if a teacher was armed and could’ve acted quicker for the situation.

  6. Jesus on January 9th, 2019 11:05 pm

    They require weapons to protect the students and we have seen all of these horrific tragedies around the US that have killed many students with bright futures. Supporting teachers means they can provide safety to the students

  7. yoselin jaime avalos on January 10th, 2019 9:27 am

    i mean i wouldn’t mind having one of my teacher having a gun on him they would protect students if anything would happen. but then you dont really know what can be happening in someones head you never know if the teachers can be a the shooter

  8. Quin on January 10th, 2019 9:30 am

    I disagree. Because from my point of view Guns is not to be played with, so for a teacher to have one I wouldn’t feel safe like that I rather have the off duty cops.

  9. yoselin jaime avalos on January 10th, 2019 9:40 am

    i mean i dont mind teacher having a gun on them they would protect students from harm but then you never know what they go through maybe they can be the person who would do anything

  10. Janeika Ramos on January 10th, 2019 10:21 am

    Teachers who carry firearm on school grounds is not a problem. If anything were to happen like a school shooter to come in a school a teacher with a firearm is licensed to carry that weapon and know how to use it in times of needs. Guns are used as signs of protection so its safe to know that teachers are worried about keeping the students safe and his/ her self.

  11. Stephanie2 on January 10th, 2019 10:45 am

    I don’t think teachers having “glocks” is a good idea. Many things can go wrong and someone might get injured. I would not feel safe knowing that my teachers have a gun in the class. It might provide safety but it can also provide danger in our classrooms. I believe our security should be the only ones who have access to guns instead of our teachers.

  12. Jesus C 3rd on January 10th, 2019 11:24 am

    They require weapons to protect the students and we have seen all of these horrific tragedies around the US that have killed many students with bright futures. Supporting teachers means they can provide safety to the students

  13. Kevin on January 10th, 2019 11:30 am

    Having a firearm might put students at ease knowing their teacher has something to keep them safe. However, there will be some students who will be anxious knowing their teacher carries a weapon under there desks.

  14. Student Reporter on January 10th, 2019 12:25 pm

    My junior year my class was talking about this topic and my teacher didn’t agree. He said that maybe students can get the gun and its not safe. He also said he would be scared to shoot. I agree teachers should have guns it would be good protection and students will feel safe at school.

  15. Francisco Vargas on January 10th, 2019 12:31 pm

    I think its a good idea because the gun is going to be use to keep the students feeling protected while they are in school.

  16. Sebastian 4th on January 10th, 2019 12:38 pm

    My junior year my class was talking about this topic and my teacher didn’t agree. He said that maybe students can get the gun and its not safe. He also said he would be scared to shoot. I agree teachers should have guns it would be good protection and students will feel safe at school.

  17. Angel Meza on February 12th, 2019 10:09 am

    This reminds me of some other news article where in other states their are people that think teachers should and shouldn’t have guns. I wouldn’t mind if teachers have guns in their classroom as long as they know when and how to use it. In other hands students could try to mess with it as well which can be really dangerous. To prefent this teachers should have the gun in a locked drawer and they only have the key.

  18. Elian E Montes on February 13th, 2019 7:59 am

    i wouldnt mind having teachers carry guns. i feel like it could be a good thing, but it would also depend on the teachers. im certain that not 100 percent of teachers are okay with carrying a gun in class. there would always be a sense of oh yeah my teacher has a gun on her that she can use whenever

  19. Dayanara Martinez on February 13th, 2019 12:26 pm

    Being enrolled in a High School in Cicero, I believe teachers being able to have a “glock” is a good idea. Although, many students would be put in fear and in an uncomfortable position, it will guarantee safety at all times.There has been many school shootings and quite honestly, we never know if we’d have one coming our way. I believe it’s better safe than sorry. I would rather have my teacher hold a “glock” in her desk rather than not being able to defend ourselves if anyone ever attacked us. Keeping a weapon on school grounds does disobey regulations but with the way the world is today, you never know if its your life or the next.

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