1/28/2014 8:29:00 AM School officials opposed to arming teachers, say school resource officers are a better solution
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier Prescott Valley police officer Jason Lohman does a school check at Lake Valley Elementary School Monday afternoon. The Prescott Valley Police Department aims to do daily random checks at all the schools in their jurisdiction.
The introduction of House Bill 2412, which would legalize armed teachers in Arizona schools, is not getting much support from local school administrators.
Education officials in the quad-city area say school safety, especially in the event of a school shooting, is better left in the hands of law enforcement.
Chino Valley School Superintendent Duane Howard said he believes teachers should focus on education on not on gun training.
"It's not our job function. When policemen stop a car, they are making about 20 tactical decisions when they walk up to that vehicle. Anytime a policeman has to go into a dangerous situation, they are making tactical decisions. Teachers are not trained in, nor should they be trained in, tactical decisions in our classroom and around our students," Howard said.
He also questioned whether a teacher should be put in a position where they might have to shoot someone.
"In my opinion, it's just not in our personalities," he said. "We are in the business of instructing people. I don't see how we can just turn that switch and become an aggressor toward another human being. That is just not our calling in life."