(BENNETT, Colo.) — With the shootings in Newtown, Conn., still fresh in the minds of most teachers across the nation, some have decided to take matters of protection into their own hands.
In Bennett, Colo., for instance, police officer Graham Dunne is offering courses in the handling and use of firearms and acknowledges that a number of new students are local teachers.
Dunne admits, “I think there’s a certain amount of hysteria anytime something comes up. After the last school shooting, I got a mass influx of teachers and other school employees wanting to take my course.”
The cop runs a one-day course through his site, ColoradoConcealedPermit.com, that normally charges $160. But seeing how many teachers are now scared about what happened in Newtown, Dunne gave 20 teachers a free lesson and charged others half-price.
One middle-school teacher from Jefferson County said, “When something happens it kind of hits close to home like that, it’s just that added reminder that gives you that extra push, to just make the right choices and prepare yourself, just in case.”
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