COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — President Trump tweeted recently that adept teachers in schools should be armed, and that it is “up to the states”. In the state of Washington, it is already legal. College Place Superintendent Tim Payne says that because of this, Washingtonians lead the conversation in the country.
“History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes,” President Trump said in a tweet. “It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive.”
Payne argues that it is not in a teachers job description. “We don’t hire a teacher and say, ‘boy, part of your job description is that you’re going to carry a 9mm to class everyday,” says Payne. “It is a voluntary activity.” The superintendent also doesn’t believe that 20 percent of teachers in College Place would volunteer to be armed — a number the president gave when addressing the issue earlier this week.
“It all comes back to multiple measures,” says Payne. “From the safety pieces of the facility to camera systems, to running through your drills.” Payne also says that gap training is necessary and that it is utilized at College Place schools; the training involves preparing those inside the school for the time in between a potential shooting and when emergency personnel would arrive.