I’ve probably mentioned before that one of my brothers is a teacher. While some cranks are talking about husky 12 year-olds and janitor buckets vs assault weapons, I’m thinking about a conversation he and I had a couple of years ago. He was a little irritated that his school district was spending money refitting his school with new, tougher doors that locked from the inside (the old doors had no locks – I don’t remember doors in my childhood schools having them, either). He thought it was a waste of the district’s limited money, since the chances of needing to lock the door were low, and it sent a message of fear to his students.
I was trying to be supportive in that conversation, but, frankly, I was glad he had a good sturdy door he could lock when one of his gun country students lost the plot, or if some other idiot with a military-grade weapon decided he wanted to kill a bunch of innocent children. I didn’t want him to end up like this teacher at Virginia Tech, who held the door closed while his students escaped, and was shot dead.
So, locking doors are good, and it sounds like they may have saved some lives in Newtown. The rest of this discussion of playground ninjas is a distraction. Children are essentially defenseless and in need of protection, teachers aren’t police, and the notion that we’ll change those two facts by what amounts to nothing more than wishful thinking is a stupid fucking waste of time.