Rapidly deployed secure rooms aren’t the reply, lecturers say
There have been 14 school shootings since January 1 this year, according to Education Week. With gun violence becoming an almost weekly occurrence, no one should be surprised that American ingenuity has come up with a “practical” solution: a fold-out, soundproof, bulletproof safe room. (Click here to watch a safe room demonstration if you’ve never seen one).
However, when the message hit Reddit, this user made his thoughts clear with the subject line, “Thanks, I hate it.”
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by u/EnoughSprinkles2653 in Teachers
“So many questions about this ‘Rapid Deployment Safe Room System’. For example, how does it work in a classroom with more than 36 desks? And why do we just invent more and more things instead of dealing with the actual topic? (Never mind, I know the answer to that.)”
Teachers from all over the world gave their two cents and were not impressed.
“Yeah. My little band room with 50-60 kids has plenty of room for one of those…”
by u/AKBoarder007 from the discussion Thanks, I hate it
“The demonstration was conducted with an adult (the demonstrator) in an empty room. …Yeah, there’s no way that’s going to work.”
by u/OctoSevenTwo from the discussion Thanks, I hate it
According to this data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the average class size in secondary schools is 24 students. Some schools may have the extra space, but most teachers want space for desks, bookshelves, a teacher’s table, and filing systems. Can classrooms really afford the dead space required for such an object?
The inventor has a solution: Keep it up! What could go wrong when you have an extra room in your classroom?
“I would find my HS kids making out in it.
by u/No_Bodybuilder_4852 from the discussion Thanks I hate it
Who would have thought that many teachers wouldn’t want a private room where shenanigans could be played unsupervised?
“What’s going to happen is the teacher uses it to lock himself in and yell when he’s having a bad day.”
by u/sharonary1963 from the discussion Thanks I hate it
But even if these are safe and valuable, we have one final hurdle: the bill.
“I have to buy basic school supplies myself. My entire second grader shares ‘the eraser’.”
by u/stormywhethers321 from the discussion Thanks, I hate it
Well, if these second graders stopped making so many mistakes, we could certainly afford such devices (sarcasm).
“My first thought was: Schools are running out of toilet paper. How the heck do they pay for a collapsible security room!?”
by u/Taw4ipad from the discussion Thanks I hate it
How dare students need toilet paper! Don’t they know how to prioritize safety?
The dominant theme on Reddit: These are impractical band-aids for a problem we consistently fail to address at source.
We believe everyone deserves to feel safe at school. To learn more about how gun violence affects schools, read these articles:
“I’m not okay with you taking a bullet for me” – How gun violence has harmed us all
8 Absurd Classroom “Solutions” to Gun Violence
These teachers are not demanding safer schools, they are demanding them
We used to love teaching. Now we fear for our lives.
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