Letter: School staff should not be armed
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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.