As a non-American it is always difficult to understand how this country handles guns and it can be very patronizing to tell another country what to do or not to do – although I’m really convinced about strong anti-gun laws.
But now President Trump said something about pedagogy that I never had expected. He proposed to let teachers to wear guns as a mean to protect their pupils against shootings. Yes, don’t fight the cause but just fight the symptoms.
This is for me almost impossible to grasp. Yes, he also said that the weapons should be concealed and only given to teachers who know how to handle guns, but still. Relation between teachers and pupils is key, and I’m not sure how helpful a gun in this equation will be. This is an euphemism.
But let me also talk about the almost unthinkable. What if a teachers snaps? It can happen, it still happens and I’ve seen it happening. It’s something we seldom discuss, but everybody in education has seen this once and a while… It shouldn’t happen, but teachers are humans too and there is a lot of pressure in our job. Now add a gun to the story. What could possibly go wrong?