To the editor:

Todd Peterson is looking at the wrong statistics (in a letter that appeared last week in The Spectrum).

There is no reason to arm Kent Center School personnel.

School shootings, while horrific, represent a tiny fraction of gun homicides in the United States.

Less than 1 percent of child gun homicides have occurred in mass killings.

All reliable studies have shown that kids are vastly more likely to be shot at home.

Whether or not law-enforcement officers support guns in schools is irrelevant.

Arming school personnel would be a hysterical response to a virtually nonexistent risk.

And it's hard to imagine how such an action could be explained to schoolchildren without terrifying them.

Ann Hodgman

Washington