WBR Parish considering arming teachers, staff as part of new safety measures

WBR Parish considering arming teachers, staff as part of new safety measures
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POSTED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 4:58pm

UPDATED: Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:32am

Schools in West Baton Rouge Parish are looking for ways to make sure their kids stay safe while they learn. That's why the district will hold a meeting in a few weeks with principals, sheriff's officials and a crisis management team.

The goal is to find ways to help lessen the chances such as the one in Newtown, Connecticut.

Superintendent David Latona says all options are on the table, including arming teachers and staff with guns.

"Security now is an opportunity to buy some time until the authorities or someone can get there,” David Latona, WBR Superintendent, said. “The politically correct thing to say would be to rectify the matter. The real issue is to take that person out."

The meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2013.
 

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So will marksmanship be included in teachers' annual evaluations? If so, would poor marksmanship prevent a teacher from being tenured? Would teachers with good marksmanship, but poor teaching skills be consider too valuable to let go? Inquiring minds want to know.

I can sympathize with the families at Sandy Hook, and those affected by the actions of one individual. But, placing weapons in the schools, even for defensive measures, would be like taking the law into their own hands. I believe that taking preventive measures would be more appropriate. Metal detectors, cameras, and keypad entry codes at entrances to the schools would deter most. Possibly posting armed security guards during classes might be a better solution.

This is a really pathetic idea. They expect poorly trained teachers to engage in combat to protect our precious children. Step up and hire fully trained and experienced security personnel. Protecting our children should not be left to amateurs!

The superintendent's name is not Latona.. It's Corona.

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