I am a teacher, not a policeman. I should not have the additional responsibility of protecting the children. Just let me do the job I was trained to do.
If this is your attitude, then consider these thoughts.
1. You're teaching, and Susie has an asthma attack. She is having trouble breathing. Do you just continue the lesson or do you stop teaching and get help for her?
2. Devon suddenly collapses out of his desk chair and falls on the floor convulsing. Do you just continue the lesson or do you stop teaching and get help for him?
3. Fred the bully is picking a fight with Donald on the back row. He has Donald's shirt collar in his left hand and is punching him in the face with his right hand. Donald's nose is bleeding. Do you just continue the lesson or do you stop teaching and get involved to protect Donald?
4. An ex-student you knew several years before walks into your room and begins shooting your students. Do you just continue the lesson or do you stop teaching and help your kids?
These scenarios are not common, but they do happen. You recognize that as a teacher you have the responsibility to deal with these problems, and would probably be subject to reprimand or dismissal if you did not immediately stop teaching and begin to help the students. The only difference with the forth scenario is that it absolutely requires that you have the training and tools to help. The ex-student can shoot a student every two seconds, so you do not have time to call the office, or dial 911. In fact, if you do not act immediately, history has shown us that you will not live long, and then you can help no one.
This is what being an armed American teacher is all about; safety and protection through the righteous (good) wielding of power delegated to you by the state and school board. And the fact is, if you are trained and armed, that crazy killer will probably never enter your classroom.
Read "But I could never shoot someone!"