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Outrageous, unfounded and just plain wrong facts from "The National Review," a leading conservative publication.
There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely. According to reports, she activated the school’s public-address system and also lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death. Some of the teachers managed to save all or some of their charges by rushing them into closets or bathrooms. But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.
FIrst off, Sandy Hook Elementary School is a K-4th Grade institution. There were no "husky 12 year old boys," around. The oldest children would have been 9 and 10.
Second of all - as a mother, I wouldn't want my 12 year old son, husky or otherwise, to be "converging" on a man wearing a bullet proof vest and a face mask who was carrying 2 handguns, one assault rifle and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Thirdly: There was a male custodian - and he did his part.
A custodian warned of the gunman by running through the halls, said 4th-grade teacher Theodore Varga.
"He said, 'Guys! Get down! Hide!'" Varga said. "So he was actually a hero."
And lastly: Is the author so unaware of the way the world works nowadays that she does not understand that a portion of those police and fire personnel who respond to all such occurrences are female? That females are not "helplessly passive?"
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The writer's point is not delicately stated, but I think it has some merit. There should be some adult male "influence" at the elementary level. Whether it would have made a difference in last Friday's tragedy, who knows?
What would a man do differently? Hide and try to hit him with something and disarm him? Yell and run and hope to avoid the bullets luring him on a wild goose chase? Talk to him in an authoritative male voice and tell him to put the weapon down?
I just don't see a lot of good options unless that male had a gun himself.
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