In the two weeks since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gun control advocates and opponents have argued over how to address the issue of gun violence in schools. While some say assault weapons should be banned, others have argued that teachers should be armed while in the classroom. Today, February 28th, a Georgia teacher was arrested for reportedly firing a gun inside a classroom at Dalton High School.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, at about 11:30 a.m. local time, the teacher locked himself inside the empty classroom and would not open the door for students or the principal. Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier told the Journal-Constitution that the principal heard the teacher fire a gun once inside the classroom. Police were able to enter the building, and students were evacuated. The teacher was arrested after about 30 minutes. Frazier identified the gun used as a handgun.
Fortunately, no students were shot, but one student injured her ankle as the school was evacuated. Students were transported to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center, where parents were instructed to go pick up their children.
We’re relieved to hear that no students were shot at Dalton High School. But the fact that a teacher was the one to fire a gun in this latest shooting is scary, and demonstrates just one of many reasons why arming teachers is a bad idea. The NRA and President Donald Trump continue to argue in favor of giving teachers guns but, in reality, what we need is gun control reform. We need to pass laws to combat gun violence, before it’s too late.