Lee  Culpepper

Granted, plenty of teachers – dedicated to teacher-union jihad -- do not even want to be held accountable for their students’ learning, so expecting them to welcome the serious responsibility of carrying a weapon is ridiculous. However, some teachers are obviously willing to accept that responsibility. And if teachers were prepared and qualified with a weapon, their classrooms and their schools would be safer.

In fact, back in October of 1997, Assistant Principal Joel Myrick (at Pearl High School in Mississippi) used his .45 caliber pistol to subdue murderer Luke Woodham. Woodham killed two students and wounded seven others. Because the law disarmed Myrick on campus -- despite his having a permit to conceal -- Myrick had to retrieve his .45 from his car before he could stop Woodham. By then, Woodham had already shot nine students. Additionally, in 2002 an Israeli teacher shot a suicide terrorist -- stopping that terrorist from blowing up many innocent children. With proper preparation, qualified teachers can provide better safety for children in their schools.

The teachers most likely to worry reasonable people regarding this issue are teachers who would either be appalled by the responsibility (and who would not accept it) or those who would not be psychologically qualified to legally carry. Regardless, the reason to arm teachers would be to enable them to defend themselves and their students from lunatics, including a deranged colleague, who would wish to kill powerless victims.

As for Shirley Katz, hopefully she will still be standing when the smoke clears from her right-to-carry showdown. Her story will end tragically if she must ever defend herself and her students with nothing more than a red Sharpie. All the stories with similar plots should have taught us this lesson by now.


Lee Culpepper

Lee Culpepper has served the United States as a Marine officer and less formerly as an undaunted-non-liberal English teacher and a substitute dad. The cultural divide Lee battled from leading Marines to motivating teenagers mired in public schools laid the foundation for his social and political commentary. Contact Lee Culpepper on Twitter @drcoolpepper or by email at drcoolpepper@gmail.com.