By Katie Elmore
The mere thought of arming school personnel, as Gov. Bob McDonnell has suggested, is equally outrageous and horrifying. The vision of a kindergarten teacher or a college professor with a concealed weapon shatters the image of a safe classroom community.
Teachers are not cut out to be gun-wielding vigilantes, ready to drop the first “bad guy” who enters the door. I shudder to think of the many Trayvon Martin cases that could arise simply because a teacher with a gun suspects a student may be trouble. Teachers are agents of peace, striving to create classroom communities where learning can flourish, ideas are emboldened and students are nurtured.
Elmore, of Salem, is a teaching associate in the Education Department at Roanoke College.