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Teacher simply wrong on threatened violence

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By Ben Carlson

 

Column as I see ’em …

Lynne Higdon should know better.

Higdon, a teacher, blasted this newspaper Tuesday in the letter to the editor for publishing the name of a student arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot fellow students and presumably school staff.

Higdon compares the student’s alleged threat — he’s 18, which also makes him an adult — to those who make but have no intention of carrying out the threat of punching someone.

As an educator, Higdon should and almost certainly knows that even uttering such a comment is nothing short of bullying, and there’s no question that students have had it drilled into their heads that bullying and threatened violence are non-starters.

It’s even more obvious that when a student utters a threat that includes shooting, there is no middle ground and that student needs to be reported and, based on investigation, charged.

If Higdon is savvy enough to determine idle threats from the real thing, she is in the wrong line of work and should immediately apply for a law enforcement position within the district.


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