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I think I can speak for all teachers in saying that I didn’t go into teaching to take a gun to work.

I should also mention that the second scariest thought I have right now is that of a young child of mine entering a classroom where a teacher is suddenly dealing with his gun like he is Jesse James in an old-time saloon before a classroom of petrified young students...

I am saying this because my decades of school experience have taught me that teachers are not in the most stable situations or live the most stable life experiences for handling a loaded gun in front of volatile young children...

I certainly like guns myself when I am shooting them for example at a nice firing range.  I don't have a personal gun myself right now, but my wife and I are planning to get one for our home when I retire from everyday teaching and when we plan to move to Las Vegas in a couple of years.  Obviously, we are reacting to the way senior citizens are being physically assaulted on all fronts -- in every city, according to the everyday news -- often for reasons of an easy robbery or just an easy beating on people who are in no physical shape to go into a boxing match with a young thug.

So it's not that I hate guns that I write an article like this.  It's simply that I have learned to respect guns too much to want to see them so obviously misused in our schools.

And a school is a place where everything gets misused sooner or later.  Believe me, I have been teaching in public schools long enough to know.   And I also need to say that I have seen so many crazy teachers in the course of my work that giving a gun to any one of them would I think become the craziest thing that I would ever see in my lifetime of living in a crazy age.

For example, just to name one incident, I think back to that day when I was teaching in a high school in the Antelope Valley, my classroom next to that of a very spit-and-polish sort of Spanish teacher, when suddenly I am seeing all sorts of adults pouring toward that spic-and-polish classroom next door. 

The teacher is then forced out of the classroom, then forced out of the school, forever.

Eventually the rest of us teachers would have to talk about this, and we discovered that the unruly adolescents in his class finally got to him.  The teacher finally couldn’t take their rudeness anymore.  So he suddenly went to a file cabinet, took out a load of pencils, and began firing his pencils at his students.

We were all lucky that day that the most dangerous weapon he had on hand were his only pencils.  But what if he’d had a gun in his cabinet instead?

There are many ways that teachers snap, and this was one way.  Another way some teachers snap is when they begin to approach young students with sexual mindedness.  In either case, there is teacher instability at work that should never be let loose in a classroom.  Strangely, these teachers who finally get into trouble are usually considered the “good” teachers who have entrusted themselves a place under the surveillance radar. The spooky-looking teachers are actually less likely to get into trouble because they have everyone watching them carefully from the get-go.

So it should not be too surprising that a new conversation about teachers carrying guns should usher in yet another bizarre culture in America.  Just a couple of days after President Trump urged one out of five teachers to carry a gun to school a teacher in Utah shot herself in the leg from a gun on her hip after she stooped to use a toilet.  Then on February 27 a respected social studies high school teacher in Georgia allowed the teacher/gunner conversation to suddenly turn him crazy enough for him to shoot up his school while students ran terrified from their campus.  A day later, a teacher at Hart High School in Santa Clarita was fired after threatening to shoot one of the students she didn’t care too much about.

This is an alert for future SWAT teams – you could now be heading to rescue schools that not only would have the predator gunman but also unpredictable teachers with guns you may have to deal with.

I have to say finally that I cannot say that President Trump’s idea of having one out of five teachers armed in school has any resemblance to the realism of public schools.  My own experience in public schools is that it would be surprising to find even one of twenty teachers willing to carry a gun to their classrooms.  And I have read enough newspaper stories to know that it would impossible to force teachers to carry guns.

Let’s not answer hysteria with even more hysteria.

Chris Sharp- Commentary

Chris Sharp is an Educator and a prize-winning professional writer. He has recently published a new book titled How to Like a Human Being . Sharp's latest book is an Amazon Kindle collection of his published short stories, Every Kind of Angel . His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.