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If you want to appreciate how one teacher feels rightfully enraged at everyone — from President Trump to some of her students' parents to her principal — for any expectations they might have that she should place her body between that of a child or student and an armed assailant, consider her remarks.

She says, “Nowhere in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from gunfire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn’t have signed it.”

Get a feeling for her anger and frustration at She wrote the excellent essay following the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Two things struck me about her passion and her message. First, it's unfortunate that she apparently has the idea that her body could stop a bullet. I hope she understands that those bullets are designed to pass through all sorts of soft and hard targets like humans and classroom doors and windows from more than a mile away.

Second, it's more outrageous that teachers like Rebecca even have to think about such issues. It's a disheartening commentary on our society that people like the presidents of both the United States and the National Rifle Association speak and tweet out as brothers-in-arms about their desire to increase the number of child-killing weapons in schools, not decrease them. These men, who don't have children in public schools, think it's more important to have teachers shooting it out with armed assailants instead of simply keeping guns out of schools and society in general.

Stewart Holmes

Corvallis (Feb. 24)


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