The issue of safety and guns in schools continues to keep Denver in turmoil. Various administrators vs. students vs. teachers vs. city officials vs. law enforcement. What should be done? How to keep kids safe in school?
For starters, a bit of wisdom from a movie comes to mind:
In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, there’s a scene where Spock is dying after exposing himself to a lethal dose of radiation in order to save the rest of the Enterprise crew:
Spock: “It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh … “
Kirk: … the needs of the few.”
Spock: “Or the one.”
There is wisdom there. Practicality. Fairness. And it can be applied in many situations on many levels. Let’s start with safety in Denver schools.
Don’t put teenagers known to be dangerous back into the general population, back into schools where the existing student body is focused on getting an education, not killing someone. Students have a right — a need — to feel safe at school
But wait, some would say, we don’t want to ruin a kid’s chance to be treated normally and get an education. We don’t want to deprive them of an education just because they made a “mistake” like possessing a ghost gun and high capacity magazine or attempting murder.
I flatly reject that thinking. As Spock and Kirk opined: The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.
The rights and needs of serious, law-abiding students absolutely outweigh the needs of the few, or the one, who have knowingly thrown away the right to be a part of a normal student body.
Don’t just send those dangerous individuals down the road to another school, another faculty, another student body, where they can be someone else’s problem. Don’t endanger hundreds of other unsuspecting students in a misguided effort to save one. These days it’s no longer just a matter of fairness; it’s often a matter of life and death. Send those few or that one to a facility designed just for them. There they can get their educations, if they so choose, while not posing a danger to others.
It doesn’t help to pat them down every day before they enter school. The most recent Denver school shooter actually shot the two administrators charged with searching him. And the Virginia 6-year-old who shot his teacher had been searched several times after warnings that he had a gun.
Seems to me the logic is irrefutable: The needs of the many should — must — outweigh the needs of the few or the one.