AHS students and teachers are concerned about dangerous situations that could occur if teachers had guns in school.

As shootings throughout the U.S are increasing, students and teachers have begun to speak out about their ideas of how to decrease acts of gun violence. One possibility is teachers being given guns inside their classroom as a method of self defense in case a dangerous person enters the school building. But the majority of people who were interviewed at AHS think that this would be a very bad idea.

One of these people is Officer Dubois, the school resource officer, who said his job is to ensure “the public safety of all occupants in the building.” He said he believes that “a teacher is employed to teach,” and that teachers most likely wouldn’t want the responsibility of having guns in school.

Teachers throughout the school have shared their opinions on the national debate as well. “Students and teachers are here to both educate and learn,” said Ms. Robb, a history teacher. “Every additional gun that’s brought into the building increases the likelihood of something going wrong.”

Robb also said that if there were more guns brought into school, the likelihood of an accidental shooting would be greater than the chance of a teacher dealing with a shooter, as teachers are not trained to use guns.

Robb isn’t the only one who has an unfavorable opinion on guns in school, though. Students are speaking out about their ideas on what could be done to decrease shootings, and teachers having guns is definitely not one of them. Natalia Conway, a senior, is one of these students. “It’s one of the worst possible solutions that I’ve heard,” she said. “Teachers are being put in a position where having a gun is saying, ‘Oh, I could potentially shoot someone with this one day or I might have to.’” She said she thinks it would also create more hazard, and not solve the issue nationwide.

However, some people believe that we can do things to change our country. Charlotte Lowell, a senior at AHS who organized the recent walkout, thinks that there are many other things we can do to address this issue. “I think there are clear and available solutions to the epidemic of gun violence,” Lowell said. She said she thinks that, instead, we should “research gun violence as a public health issue, increasing funding to schools to provide concrete support systems for students [or] enhancing background checks.”

By Hayley Katz