Weld County is the home to a new breed of school teacher. One that will be at the first line of defense, protecting our children from threats that have become all too common over the past few years. That’s because these teachers are at a three-day camp dedicated to training them how to properly handle their new right to carry in the classroom.
These teachers, from all around the state, in mainly rural school districts were designated by their faculties to be official school safety officers due to the teachers’ ability to handle guns and their concealed carry permits, which each of the attendees had already had long before this program started.
This program, designed by Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response or FASTER is not designed just to show the 17 teachers that are involved how to handle a gun, but more specifically how to handle the threats that come with a potentially dangerous situation on school grounds. As well as how to handle it quickly as some of these school districts are well out of the way of a fast police response time to a situation.
“Twenty minutes is a long time.” said Rick Mondt, the superintendent of Briggsdale schools.
And the truth is that just the same as incidents that occur outside of the realm of a school with regards to crime, those stopped by a concealed carrier have an immediate response time, in which those precious minutes and seconds could mean the difference between a massacre and a heroic story.
Now, these teachers and faculty are not giving up their jobs as such in order to become the school’s new safety officers. According to the program and the rules that the respective districts have laid down, these will be an additional part of their job. Due to that, the names of the faculty and teachers that are taking the course are not to be released.
“There’s a confidentiality aspect to all of this, as well. Each participating school district can decide how public — or private — it wants to be when it comes to having staff members at this training exercise, and who will be armed at school. It’s also for the staff members’ protection because no one wants a potential armed shooter to know in advance, which staff member will be armed at any given time.”
That was a quote from Laura Corno, CEO of Coloradans for Civil Liberties, whose program paid the $1,000 per head fee for the faculty members to take the class that FASTER offered.
As for the future of this program, there are already 20 people on the waiting list for the next round of classes.
What do you think of this story? Are you fine with having armed teachers and faculty around your children? Or do you think it might take more firearm training than that to properly defend a classroom? Let us know in the comments below.