The following day, after the shooting massacre in Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, Elizabeth one of the first-grade teachers at an elementary school in the state, gazed down on the street to read what one of her students wrote in chalk near the entrance to the class: “If you have a gun, get out please.” The message written by the child that was innocent of spelling mistakes was embellished with an adorable white heart.”We’re expected to be human shields” Teachers aren’t protected and terrified
The next day Elizabeth started closing the doors to her class. She instructed students to not gather in the hall, and to refrain from going in and out of the classroom throughout the day in addition to “if you have to go to the bathroom, go quick and be back ASAP.”
“I don’t care how inconvenient it is,” she declared. “If the classroom’s door was locked the shooter wouldn’t be able to gain entry inside. I’ll have to keep that in mind.
Elizabeth She asked to be called by her middle name since “it’s a highly politicized issue … especially in Texas, and I don’t want to put myself at risk,” did the whole thing because she believed she was that she was ultimately responsible for the safety of her students. “This is by no means normal and anything I want to be doing with my students, but I felt it was the reality of that day, and I did what felt the safest,” she explained.
The previous mass shootings, such as the one that occurred in 2012 in Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, that claimed 27 lives, haven’t convinced lawmakers to prevent further ones. The country is still inundated with guns and a few additional burdens have been imposed on prospective gun owners to prevent further mass shootings. Instead, the responsibility for protecting students has fallen on schools and in the end, teachers.
Teachers participating in lockdown drills are required to teach their students to protect themselves and in some instances even fight. Teachers’ proposals for arming them to “hardening schools” underscore the idea that safeguarding schools are the sole responsibility of the schools, as well as of the teachers who teach them.
“So most of us teachers enter their profession because they enjoy being around children. They are passionate about their job, and they’re constantly contemplating ways to aid their kids.
There’s less focus on the emotional or traumatic situations they’re facing,” Prerna Arora, school psychologist and assistant teacher of psychology in Columbia’s Teachers College, told Vox. “We have to consider how trauma impacts a teacher and their ability to be present and be there for their students.”
If the worst were to occur, teachers can be the last first line of defense. While the police were tense out in the open, two teachers from Uvalde suffered fatal injuries while shielding their students from the shooting. Since their deaths, the two teachers Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia have been dubbed heroes — a title that doesn’t fully reflect the magnitude of what they are expected to be and perform every day. They’re expected to serve as counselors as well as nurses, human shields, and many more.
Arnulfo Reyes is a teacher who was spared being shot at Robb Elementary explained the process of preparing for a student awards ceremony in the morning to being wounded twice at the hands of the shooter, and witnessing the 11 students in his class perish. “I tried my best with what I was told to do,” the teacher told the media during the interview. interview. “It was all too fast. The training was not there, and no training at all and all sorts of training, nothing can get you prepared for what’s ahead.”
“We have to consider what happens to teachers when part of their job is the expectation that they might have to hug their children under a desk during a mass shooting,” Arora said. Arora. “It’s a horrifying visual, the idea of having to shield your students to protect them from gunshots after watching the movie Moana,” Arora declared. “This is the only job in the country where someone is basically expected to do this when it’s not part of their job description or what they’re trained for.”
Since that shooting journalists along with Texas legislators have shared a myriad of ideas about school shootings, but none of which has anything to do with changes to gun safety. Texas’s Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that officials “harden schools,” leaving just one entrance inside and one exit out. Other people are suggesting equipping teachers, instructing students on how to combat shooters, or even making the use of body armor in schools for
educators and students. Some suggestions call for an imposing physical landscape. This includes higher fences, tripwires, and metal detectors.
Many of the concepts such as putting ” good guys with guns” or arming teachers has not been successful previously. However, they do highlight that lawmakers are likely to shift the burden of safeguarding schools back onto schools as well as teachers.
“As a former volunteer firefighter, I can tell you that many of these ideas to lock down schools create huge safety concerns,” Josh, a scientist, and teacher in Houston requested that only his name be used in fear of reprisals and told Vox. “They do not tackle the root cause of shootings which is access to guns as well as mental health. There aren’t enough counselors at our schools and there’s just not enough money available to invest in services for mental health.”
He said: “We teachers have come in for a lot of criticism this year. They aren’t sure we can put out the correct books for our students, but they believe we can have guns in the classrooms?”
Rachel Graves Hicks, a high school teacher of technical and career education in a sprawling suburban school district in Fort Worth, Texas, has wasted time that could have been used to instruct students on how to prepare for shootings. She frequently teaches exercises in safety to her high school students. She advises them to place large furniture items on the floor, stay away from the view, and remain as silent as they can. If the shooter does break through the door She instructs students to throw objects at them.
The burden may one day become too excessive. “The day that my school district decides that teachers are permitted to carry guns to school, I’ll not be able to work inside the class.
Absolutely. I’m out.” she declared. “We tell them to throw monitors and chairs, anything that could stop the shooter,” she added. “How is this not enough?”