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An Argument AGAINST Arming Teachers: Vermont School Locks Down When Umbrella is Mistaken for Rifle

August 30, 2018

I cannot get the details on what transpired yesterday at Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, Vermont because it is behind a paywall at the Caledonian Record, but the headline and the first sentence of the article gives me enough of a prompt to write this post. The headline reads:

Umbrella Mistaken For Gun Sparks Lockdown At LI

The first sentence of the article reads:

Lyndonville Police Chief Jack Harris is praising the response of Lyndon Institute officials and law enforcement for their response to yesterday’s report of a suspicious and possibly armed person on campus.

Based on the headline, the “…suspicious and possibly armed person on campus” was wielding an umbrella and not a gun… and based on yesterday’s weather forecast it would seem that the umbrella bearer was being prudent in bringing an umbrella to school since the possibility of afternoon showers existed… and based on the fact that schools across Vermont and across the nation are opening the year under the threat of school shooters, it is not at all surprising that a vigilant adult mistook an umbrella for a gun and, upon seeing something, said something.

But here’s what is sad: reports like these make headlines without taking into account how an understandable mistake like this impacts the lives of the hundreds of children in the school and reinforces the notion that school shooters abound.

But there is one good thing that comes from this: parents should be thankful that the teacher who mistook an umbrella for a gun was not armed.

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