A Florida suburban middle school teacher observed a student in his classroom showing another student what turned out to be a .45 caliber gun. The student returned it to his book bag from which he had originally removed it as the teacher approached.
Did the teacher run, jump in the air and tackle the student? Did he yell “gun” and tell everyone to get out? Did he throw a book at the student and tell everyone to pile up on him?
The answer is “no” to all of the above. Miami-Dade School Police Lieutenant Robert Asencio shares the story of how this teacher remained calm, moved carefully, and was able to safely separate the student from the book bag and take them both to the office.
In a blog article entitled, “School policing: Amazing actions of a teacher in the face of danger,” written on the web site of the Florida Public Employees Partnership, Ascencio describes the teacher who, “…bravely placed himself in danger to protect his students.”
Read Asencio’s article and you will get a feel for the challenge faced by the teacher, how he calmly and thoughtfully intervened, and how the safety of all children there was preserved. You will also learn how school police did not simply arrest the kid and end it there, but instead discovered a student who had been emotionally, physically and sexually abused.
We hear a lot about the high-profile school shootings that take place. We hear much less often about the potential school shootings (real or accidental) that were averted thanks to the calm and fast thinking actions of our teachers and school support staff.
Like Asencio, I applaud this teacher. You should, too.
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