Monday, October 09, 2006

Has the world gone friggin insane?

This could have been another school shooting disaster, except this time we got lucky.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Fascinated by the Columbine bloodbath, a 13-year-old boy in a black trenchcoat and mask carried an assault rifle into his school Monday, pointed it at students and fired a shot into a ceiling before the weapon jammed, authorities said. No one was hurt.

"Please don't make me do this," he was quoted as telling administrators before police arrested him and thwarted what they called a "well thought-out plan" to terrorize his school.

This is a 7th grader for crying out loud! He also claimed to have a bomb on him... Thank God his gun jammed.

With this rash of violence in schools, I'm sure safety and security will be a popular topic among candidates for this upcoming election. But what can be done that isn't already being done? Do we install more metal detectors? Have more police on campuses? What's the best course of action to keep this from happening.

Metal detectors and police (real police, not rent-a-cops) would be great, but what's that do to education budgets? Our government already spends more education than any other nation in the world, and look what we're getting for our money.

I'm more a fan of letting teachers discipline their students. Are we really so damned concerned with the emotional health of kids that teachers can't use red ink to correct papers anymore? Does the student learn more when the administrators care more about students' self esteem rather than doing what's best for the kids? After 9/11 in addition to adding air marshalls, the government allowed pilots to arm themselves to prevent future hijackings as long as they took proper training courses. Why not give teachers the same option? If teachers might be armed, couldn't that disuade a few of these school shooting psychos? Of course, licensing and training sessions would be mandated, as well as an extensive screening process.

This could help improve things because, really, can it get any worse?

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