2007-04-23 : Letter : Want safe schools? Then arm teachers

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2007-04-23 : Letter : Want safe schools? Then arm teachers

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-04-24 10:28


Want safe schools? Then arm teachers

April 23, 2007 Edition 1

Much has been said about firearms being available in educational
institutions after the tragic shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, in the US.

In Israel, teachers and parents serving as school aides are armed at all
times on school grounds with semi-automatic weapons. Since this policy
was adopted in the 1970s, attacks by gunmen at schools in Israel have

In 2004, Thailand adopted a similar approach for the safety of children.
It is politically incorrect, but it does have the advantage of saving
the lives of innocent children and teachers. The policy? Encouraging
teachers to carry firearms.

Though Thailand's government is extremely hostile to gun ownership in
general, it has recognised that teachers ought to be able to safeguard
their students and themselves. Maybe we can learn something from these

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