Funding for school psychologists is important and can impact teen mental health in a positive way. The psychologist can themselves be a resource for the student and potentially connect the student to a network of other professionals that can help. I believe School Resource Officers should be in every school building. These individuals not only help provide a safe school environment by carrying a gun, they can also be role models for students. I believe it's important for law enforcement to work closely with the community, and SROs are just one way in which this is possible. I have heard the legislation that allows some school staff to be armed. I don't think this is a good idea for the reasons I've outlined above.
I'm a fan of Mike Rowe, but he doesn't think teachers are heroes. He calls them "do-gooders." He further draws the distinction: "do-gooders are people who make the world a better place through acts of kindness. Heroes make the world a better place though acts of bravery." And that heroism requires more than "just showing up." Mike Rowe probably wants to reserve the word hero for teachers like Aaron Feis and Scott Beigel who took bullets for their students. Although by and large I agree with Mr. Rowe, his definition of teacher as "do-gooder" just doesn't ring true to me. Ultimately it's a teacher's job to hold students to a certain standard. In today's society of broken marriages where maybe a single parent wants to score points with their kid by defending them against the teacher or against the school, this is not always the easiest job. In a society in which it has become commonplace for parents to second guess or even undermine the teacher's authority, this is not always the easiest job. In a society where no one is ever wrong, failure is unthinkable, and it's never anyone's fault, this is not always the easiest job. In a world where everyone believes they are an expert because they can simply ask Siri, this is not always the easiest job. In a culture where we value quantities over qualities, this is not always the easiest job. There are cases day in and day out where teachers are holding their students to a higher standard, and by believing in that student enough to hold them accountable, we face a challenge. The best teachers bend over backwards to help their students reach that higher standard; in doing so we face a challenge. I believe it takes bravery to face that challenge. Sometimes we're going up against a parent. Sometimes we're going up against a culture. Sometimes we're going up against a kid who thinks he can't do it. In the back of all of our minds is the question, "If I discipline this student is he going to come back and shoot up the school?" So are teachers heroes "just for showing up?" Of course not. The teachers who are heroes have the bravery to help their students reach a higher standard. There doesn't need to be a gun involved for that kind of bravery to exist in my world.