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Letters: Teachers don't need guns for courage

5:53 PM, Jan. 17, 2013  |  Comments
Close up of a semi-automatic pistol
Close up of a semi-automatic pistol

In his Jan. 8 It's Your Call titled "Bravo," Richard Griesser Sr. insinuates that teachers who don't wish to arm themselves are cowards.

I taught seventh- through ninth-graders for 13 years and now substitute teach sixth- through eighth-graders. I have yet to meet anyone who believes I or other educators are cowards. Most people think teachers are courageous simply because they willingly face classrooms of 25 to 35 students on a daily basis.

In fact, it seems the teachers in Connecticut who "huddled in their classrooms with their students" have been hailed as heroes by apparently everyone but Mr. Griesser. Every teacher I know is willing to risk their lives for their students; refusing to carry a gun hardly makes us gutless.

Students and teachers deserve better than the condescension that drips from Mr. Greisser's simplistic solution to a complex issue.

Arming oneself does not make a person courageous. Fortunately, character and courage are not defined by armaments owned.

Holly Coulter Lawton,

Appleton

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