Don't go overboard in banning talk of guns in schools

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z Don't go overboard in banning talk of guns in schools nwitimes.com
March 17, 2013 12:00 am

There was an incident at the Lake Station Edison Junior-Senior High School where a veteran teacher had a threatening message on the chalkboard for the last class of the day. It looks, to me anyway, like this teacher is having problems and needs counseling and health care.

I don't what the problem is, but it needs to be addressed, and the school did the correct thing in suspending him.

But I think Lake Station Community Schools Superintendent Dan DeHaven went way over the top in his statement, "There cannot be any references to guns in the school environment in any way."

If that would happen, then there would never be another history class. Some students might like that. Then none of those students would ever hear about "the shot heard around the world," the beginning of the American Revolution.

When something like this happens, some people go to the opposite extreme. Mostly just temporarily. I hope this was just an overstatement and history will be available in Lake Station.

- Myron Winchester, Calumet City

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