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Teachers with Guns in Arkansas: Where is there any SAFETY left in public schools?

This headline hit me hard.  I remember back in the day when parents first began feeling scared about our children's basic safety in school.  I thought some of the fear was little bit over the top.  This was before metal detectors, children bringing knives and guns and before outsiders showed up in trench coats and automatic weapons shooting to kill. With all that to fear, now I'm wondering:  what is the average teacher or principal personnel going to do if / when they feel threatened by a student of the school -- the person they ostensibly are arming them to protect. I see all kinds of scenarios: 1,) two students are fighting and one seemingly reaches in his / her pocket. 2.) a student is overly aggressive possibly due to side affects of medication, etc. I bow my head in sadness to take in that our children do not feel themselves basically safe.  In the fifth grade I did not feel very safe either.  I had integrated an all white school and everyday the football team wo

Arkansas town train school officials to carry concealed guns

By Andrew DeMillo The Associated Press Cheyne Dougan, assistant principal at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Ark., is one of 20 Clarksville School District staff members who are training to be armed security guards on campus.( Photos by Danny Johnston, The Associated Press ) CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — As Cheyne Dougan rounded the corner at Clarksville High School, he saw three students on the floor moaning and crying. In a split second, two more ran out of a nearby classroom. "He's got a gun," one of them shouted as Dougan approached with his pistol drawn. Inside, he found one student holding another at gunpoint. Dougan aimed and fired three rounds at the gunman. Preparing for such scenarios has become common for police after a school shooting in Connecticut in December left 20 children and six teachers dead. But Dougan is no policeman. He's the assistant principal of this school in Arkansas, and when classes resume in August, he will walk the halls with a

She asked: "How Do I Teach My Son to Survive without teaching him to submit?"

In light of the Zimmerman verdict, a troubled mother asked: "How do I teach my son to survive; and not to submit?"  Please attend our 90 minute national meeting - Trayvon: A Warrior-Healer-Builder Response. We will answer the sister's question and highlight Warrior-Healer-Builder approaches that will keep us from turning this positive energy negatively back in onto ourselves and each other. By phone or by computer. 8PM Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 that's tomorrow 8PM Eastern. Connection info here: . Please spread the word, personally! This is a national call. Connection info here: or direct: Wekesa O. Madzimoyo, ( /tm) Joy, Peace, Power!

The Warrior-Healer-Builder as a teacher, parent, lover.

Wekesa speaks in Wash, DC. Two presentations: Sankofa bookstore and Cafe 1-3pm IKG 5-9pm  Details: @Sankofa Bookstore and Cafe 1-3 PM 2714 Georgia Ave NW  Washington, DC 20001 •The AYA Way: Healing Alienation, Inauthenticity, His-story •Introduction to L.E.A.P .  oLeadership | Education | Advoacy | Program for Middle and High-Schoolers •Local Weekend Clusters oWeekend Classes for Adults and Youth oTutoring and Special Classes •Adult Retreat: Warrior | Healers | Builder’s Weekend in DC on Sept. 27-29th •Registration for sponsors, guardians, parents, and students @IKG Cultural Resource Ctr. 5-9 PM 1816 12th St NW Washington, DC 20009 Here, we really stretch out! •Covering all of the above, plus a deeper discussion of the theory, practice, curricula and results of the AYA Way. •Our live presentation will feature actual youth presentations and demonstrations of how AYA blends face-to-face and live web conference technology to prepare stude