Arming teachers in Harford County is too costly, requires training [Letter]
Mar 08, 2018 | 2:40 PM
The problems with arming teachers are legion. But the most problematic one for me is that to be effective, an armed staff member must have police level training. That takes 16 to 18 weeks with retraining every few months. An armed person working for a municipality must have the training to satisfy insurance requirements. Moreover, there must be a police level certification as this person will need to make life or death choices.
Add to that the cost of a weapon and the training that must be mandated. There also is a requirement that time must be spent on the shooting range at least once a month to pass proficiency requirements. Since school districts cannot even afford to pay for paper, ink, retirements or even adequate salaries, it would be ludicrous to think they could afford arming teachers or that the state would pay for it. So the whole question is moot.
HCPS costs to arm teachers (corrected):
- There are 9,948 school-based staff. At least a fourth of them would need to be armed as an effective deterrent to a school invasion: that would be 2,487 staff total.
- Teachers make $58,000 median salary which is $305 daily.
- These teachers would need to be paid a bonus as suggested by Trump. A fair bonus would be $10,000 in order to put your life on the line. But just for argument’s sake let’s say $5,000 x 2,487 = $12,435,000 (annual cost).
- 16 weeks training at (112 days) $5,264 = $84,955,920 (one time cost but assuming 25 percent dropout every year that would be $21,268,980 annually).
- 10 days shooting range plus 10 days substitutes ($89.92+$305 daily= $389) = $9,674,430 (annually).
- Glock 26 9mm $ $500 x 2,487= $1,243,500 (one time cost); there will be upkeep and repair costs that I will not figure in for now.