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In reply to: Gun-toting principals bad idea, say area educators »

January 17, 2013

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"(From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)

. . . most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep. . .

If you have no propensity for violence then you are a healthy productive nonviolent citizen: a sheep. If you have a propensity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath--a wolf. But what if you have a propensity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.. . .

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”

Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog." . . .
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Most educator are sheep, taking care of their lambs, they do not have the psychological profile to be sheepdogs. They should not be asked to be what they are not. That said, there are some educators who can be sheepdogs (not necessarily the principals). If they volunteer for training, then they should be allowed to prepare to defend the flock.

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