If you haven't heard yet, some absolutely chilling things went down in Colville, Wash., yesterday.
Specifically, two 5th graders are accused of bringing a knife and gun to school in hopes that one of them could stab an "annoying" classmate to death while the other one held people at bay with the. 45 caliber pistol.
No doubt the case will become another talking point on both sides of the gun control debate. But for those keeping score, the "this-calls-for-more-guns" camp was first to the punch.
From Spokesman-Review reporter Tom Clouse's account of a public meeting held last night in Colville:
Several parents asked if it would be possible to arm teachers, since it takes time for law enforcement to arrive.
One said the state is looking at a law which would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons and asked Superintendent Michael Cashion if he would entertain that idea.
To Cashion's credit, though, he followed up by shedding the euphemisms about "protection" and "good guys with guns" and spelled out explicitly what armed grade-school teachers mean:
"Yes, I would entertain it as an option," Cashion said, but warned that professionals that teach children may not want to go through extensive training to "level a weapon at a fifth-grader and shoot them."